Walker Wants Constitutional Amendment on Gay Marriage

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said a couple years ago that Republicans ought to just realize that they’ve lost the battle over same-sex marriage. Of course, he wasn’t running for president then. And now that he has to pander to the Christian right, he wants a constitutional amendment allowing the states to ban it.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said Sunday that he supports a constitutional amendment that would bar the Supreme Court from granting marriage equality rights nationwide.

The Supreme Court is expected to issue a decision this month that could grant, for once and for all, same-sex couples the right to wed across the country. But Walker said on ABC’s “This Week” that he would support amending the constitution to protect states that still want to ban same-sex marriage.

“I personally believe that marriage is between one man and one woman,” Walker, a prospective GOP presidential candidate, said. “If the court decides that, the only next approach is for those who are supporters of marriage being defined as between one man and one woman is ultimately to consider pursuing a constitutional amendment.”

He added that “the decision on defining marriage should be left up to the states.”

This is one of those very easy political positions to take because it has zero chance of actually happening. You can demand a constitutional amendment to do this but you know damn well it has no chance of actually passing, which means there’s no negative political fallout for you. Such courage.

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  • sugarfrosted

    This is one thing that Scott Walker can’t get in addition to become president by razing and pillaging the university via getting rid of tenure.

  • busterggi

    State’s rights – the second refuge (church is the first) for those who enjoy denying the humanity of people who are different than themselves.

  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK


    States rights and federalism are both useful tools for denying the rights of others. Which one they invoke merely depends on which one they think will produce the result that they want.

  • dugglebogey

    Actually, it shows me that this guy who never graduated from college doesn’t even know that it would be impossible to pass that constitutional amendment. That lack of understanding disqualifies him as president in my mind.

  • dingojack

    Hey dugglebogey – being thicker than dozen short planks has never stopped people from gaining the Presidency before, why start now?!?



  • Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    On first pass, I read the headline, “Wanker Wants Constitutional Amendment on Gay Marriage.”

    While there may be a process error there, even on reflection I don’t see any substantive problems with my spelling.


    “I personally believe that marriage is between one theocracy and one tax policy. I am sickened by federal attempts to intervene in the private choices of the states by putting itself between a bishop who pays no taxes and can freely choose his visitors when in the hospital his church owns and the options a theocracy may choose to force tax collection and trespassing indictments on others.”

  • eric

    This is one of those very easy political positions to take

    Maybe. I bet his strategists agonized somewhat about how many far-right votes they would lose by not coming out against it as strongly as some other candidates. Yes easy in that he will never be held accountable to this campaign promise, but hard in that it’s a “moderate” campaign promise in a primary election with a large non-moderate component.

  • vereverum

    but you know damn well it has no chance of actually passing,

    Bringin in the cash,

    Bringin in the cash,

    Hustlin all the rubes now,

    Bringin in the cash.


    In a store the other day the cashier was in a panic that Congress was going to repeal the 22nd ammendment so Obama could stay president. I said nonsense. She said it’s REAL, the actual real government website, and she had a big stack of slips of paper with the site printed on it that she was distributing so this nefarious deed could be averted.

    I asked her why a Repub controlled House would do that and she replied It’s REAL, the actual government web site!

    Yes, it’s there (Serrano’s resolution H. J. Res. 15) but nothing’s going to happen with it. I wonder, though, as we move towards the election if this thing might become big scare tactic with the RWNJs? Her stack of handouts would indicate that someone has started in that direction. I told her not to send any money to “help fight” it. But “It’s REAL!”


  • eric

    @8: that resolution was proposed in 2013 under the 113th Congress. It died. We are now in the 114th Congress. So the threat of that bill passing is not real. Someone is defrauding her.

  • colnago80

    Re sugarfrosted @ #1

    Sounds like a great idea to me. That way, SUNY at Stony Brook could give Egnorance the heave ho.

  • John Pieret

    To be fair, the Republicans tried the same thing while Reagan was in office and liberals were also alarmed but probably not as irrationally so.

  • llewelly

    Why did Serrano author resolution H. J. Res. 15 ? That kind of thing can only make Republicans generate more weird conspiracy notions. It couldn’t possibly go anywhere. Did Serrano want Republicans to look like fools? If so, it was unnecessary.