Scott Walker Refuses To State A Position On Same-Sex Marriage

AP

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) seemed to bend over backward during a Thursday news conference to avoid articulating a position on same-sex marriage.

“It really doesn’t matter what I think now,” Walker said, as quoted by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “It’s in the constitution.”

But a federal judge struck down Wisconsin’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage earlier this month. Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, who is appealing that decision, warned this week that county clerks who issue marriage licenses to gay couples could be prosecuted.

Walker has been a strong proponent of traditional marriage and supported the 2006 constitutional amendment that banned same-sex marriages in the state. But when asked during the news conference where he stands now, Walker responded “I don’t comment on everything out there,” according to the Journal-Sentinel.

Pressed again about whether he was perhaps rethinking his position on same-sex marriage, Walker demurred.

“No,” he said, as quoted by the Journal-Sentinel. “I’m just not stating one at all.”

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