Walker Wants Constitutional Amendment on Gay Marriage

Walker Wants Constitutional Amendment on Gay Marriage June 9, 2015

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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