NEW INFORMATION: Walker says his views on gay marriage don't matter

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says his personal opposition to same-sex marriage doesn't matter because the ban on gay marriages was put into the state constitution by a vote of the people.

Walker was asked Thursday about a federal judge's decision last week striking down Wisconsin's ban on gay marriages as unconstitutional. Walker voted for the ban in 2006 and advocated strongly for its passage.

But Walker has lately dodged questions about his position on same-sex marriages as polls show public opinion turning in favor of it.

Walker said Thursday, "My position has been clear. I voted in the past. It really doesn't matter."

Walker says he supports fellow Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen defending the amendment from a legal challenge by the American Civil Liberties Union.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has a long history of voting against same-sex marriage in Wisconsin.

But as he eyes re-election, the Republican is largely avoiding talking about the topic with polls showing a majority of voters now support allowing gay couples to wed.

Walker was scheduled to make his first public appearance on Thursday since a judge last week struck down Wisconsin's 2006 constitutional ban on same-sex marriages. Walker voted for the ban and campaigned strongly in support of it.

In 2005, Walker said for many years he believed marriage is between one man and one woman and that belief is "even stronger today."

But in recent months Walker has softened his public comments to say he didn't know how significant it would be if gay marriages were legalized.


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