GOP Senator: ‘I’m Not Going To Oppose’ Gay Marriage If Voters Want It

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June 24, 2014 9:49 a.m.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) said Tuesday he wouldn’t oppose gay marriage if voters decided that’s what they wanted.

“I’m a pretty traditional guy,” Johnson said, in comments reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I’m almost 60 years old. I think marriage is between a man and a woman. But again if the voters decide that they want gay marriage, I’m not going to oppose it.”

More broadly, Johnson said Republicans should focus on economic, not social, issues to win over voters.

“These social issues are going to primarily be decided in the states, through (the) democratic process and that’s the way it should happen,” he said. “I’ll certainly go with the judgment of the American people in terms of where they want to fall on, whether it’s the abortion issues or gay marriage.”

Wisconsin’s own gay marriage ban was overturned by a federal judge earlier this month. Recent polling has found a sizable majority of Wisconsinites support same-sex marriage.

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