Gov. Walker Has Long Opposed Same-Sex Marriage

WCCO | CBS Minnesota

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court’s legalizing of same-sex marriages nationwide Friday comes as longtime opponent Scott Walker prepares to officially launch his campaign for president next month.

The Wisconsin governor had no immediate reaction to the Supreme Court declaring that same-sex couples have a legal right to marry anywhere. Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriages was struck down a year ago in federal court, so the Supreme Court’s ruling does not change current law in the state.

Walker’s statements on same-sex marriage have fluctuated over the years, from staunch opposition to indifference.

In 1997, as a member of the state Assembly, he voted for a bill to prohibit same-sex marriages and to declare those conducted in other states invalid. Walker was outspoken in supporting the state constitutional ban in 2005, when he was briefly a candidate for governor.

“Many years ago, I concluded that we must change the…

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