Update: Walker rules that Baker does not lead him to dismiss the case; the standard of review will be determined at trial. The original post, "Walker to Issue Prop 8 S.J. Ruling This Afternoon," follows:
A fascinating morning of oral argument in the federal challenge to Proposition 8 just got a lot more dramatic.
After hundreds of pages of briefing and nearly two hours of back and forth between two Supreme Court-tested advocates, Northern District Chief Judge Vaughn Walker, left, sent the parties out for lunch and indicated he would rule from the bench at 1 p.m.
Walker made it clear through his questioning that he would not go along with Prop 8 supporters in their request dismiss the case at this point. Attorney Charles Cooper had tried to convince Walker that this case must fail because the U.S. Supreme Court already affirmed a same sex marriage ban in Minnesota in the early 1970's.
Walker's back-and-forths with attorneys, after the jump.