Will Wis. GOP Gov. Flip on Same-Sex Marriage Views?
In an unusual but unsurprising move, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen asked a federal judge Friday to place on hold any further rulings she may make against the state’s ban on same-sex marriage -- the second time the conservative Hollen expressed doubt over the state’s chances to defend the ban. Now, Republican Gov. Scott Walker appears to be flip-flopping on the controversial issue, against which he once firmly stood.
Walker, who has supported Wisconsin’s ban on gay marriage since it was passed in 2006, said he wasn’t sure if the ban violates the U.S. Constitution, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
He also said he wasn’t sure if the ban would be approved by voters today or if there would amount to a substantial change to the state’s values and economy if the ban were struck down. The newspaper notes that Walker, who is named as one of the defendants in a lawsuit challenging the state’s gay marriage ban, made it clear he did not want to be part of the legal battle in an election year and that he said he was focused on other issues.
Walker added the gay marriage was an issue for Van Hollen and the federal judge to figure out.
"Any federal judge has got to look at that law not only with respect to the state’s constitution but what it means in terms of the U.S. Constitution, as well. Again, I’m not going to pretend to tell a federal judge in that regard what he or she should do about it," Walker said. "...I don’t know what (allowing gay marriage) means. Voters don’t talk to me about that. They talk to me about the economy. They talk to me about their kids’ schools."