Next week’s Supreme Court arguments on gay marriage are certain to be a media circus, and blogger Patterico has uncovered emails that give a peek behind the curtain at the setting of the stage. Of note: Ted Olson, lead co-counsel of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, and his law partner recommended that retired federal judge Vaughn R. Walker, who struck down California’s Proposition 8, stay away from the proceedings lest he be an “unwanted distraction.”

Patterico notes in his post that while he is a supporter of gay marriage, the emails, which make note of Walker’s “personal situation, even though now irrelevant” (he’s gay) and high profile, suggest “an emotional investment in the outcome of the case” from a judge who many thought should recuse himself from the Proposition 8 case.

So, what do Patterico’s readers think?