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WI Gov. Scott Walker Relieved He Won’t Have To Deal With Marriage Equality Soon

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker publicly pooh-poohs all the presidential buzz around him, which means in private  he’s picking out the drapes for the Oval Office. One thing that won’t get in Walker’s way is marriage equality. At the National Governor Association meeting last weekend, Walker all but raised his hands thanks to God for the convoluted process needed to repeal the state’s ban on marriage equality.

“To change anything in the constitution … it requires two consecutive sessions of the legislature, and ultimately, a vote of the people,” Walker said. “I just don’t see that as being anything that’s going to be addressed anytime soon.”

Or at least not on his watch. Republicans control the state legislature in Wisconsin, and Walker controls the Republicans, so the state is not about to wade into the marriage battle. As a Tea Party favorite, Walker has no incentive to anger his potential base by getting on the wrong side (from his perspective) the issue.

At the same time, Walker does seem to realize that the party is playing a losing game. In an interview in March he admitted that younger voters view the party’s anti-marriage position as a disincentive to vote Republican. That’s why Walker ducks the issue. “I think that’s all the more reason, when I talk about things, I talk about the economic and fiscal crises in our state and in our country, that’s what people want to resonate about. They don’t want to get focused on those issues,” Walker said at the time.

Nice try, Scott, but if you’re running for president, the “Look! A puppy!” routine isn’t going to cut it.

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  • litper

    Another GOP hateful bigot! That’s why it’s important to show Republican’s anti-gay position anytime they try to hide it!

  • Taliaferro

    Indeed, the tide of change is against Walker and his ilk. There will come a day when these bigots
    are voted out of office, lose power and fade into well deserved obscurity. Like the dinosaurs, they
    will become extinct.

  • 1EqualityUSA

    From, “an economic and fiscal” perspective, the Republicans are a disaster. Just because they keep saying that they are economically and fiscally minded doesn’t mean it’s true. The Republicans brought our country to the brink and obstruct every common sense way of fixing it. The Party of “NO” cannot compare with the Party of “Know.”

  • SilverRayne

    Sorry dude, but as a young voter, I can say it’s more than just the “anti-gay” policy that makes me stray from voting republican.

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