April 30, 2015 at 10:29 am EST | by Chris Johnson
Walker calls for fed’l amendment against same-sex marriage
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Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) is calling for a Federal Marriage Amendment. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Likely Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker has expressed support for a U.S. constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage in the event the U.S. Supreme Court issues a decision in favor of gay nuptials.

The Wisconsin governor made the remarks in an interview published Wednesday by Caffeinated Thoughts, a conservative blog in Iowa, following his participation in the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition Spring Kickoff on Saturday.

Federal courts have struck down the ban on same-sex marriage in Wisconsin, but Walker said he remains hopeful as a result of pending marriage litigation the Supreme Court will uphold prohibitions on gay nuptials. Such a ruling would enable his administration to relitigate the case that brought marriage equality to Wisconsin.

“I may be one of the few out there, but I’m still hoping that the U.S. Supreme Court, not in our case, but it would apply to our state’s case if these other states are victorious,” Walker said. “I still am going to hope that the United States Supreme Court will say, ‘yes indeed, states have a right to define what marriage is.'”

Walker said he voted for the Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage both as a state lawmaker in the Assembly and as a voter when the initiative came to the ballot. The Wisconsin governor also noted his administration defended his state ban’s on same-sex marriage against legal challenges in court.

In the event the Supreme Court renders a decision in favor of gay nuptials, Walker said he’d back a U.S. constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage that would leave the issue to the states.

“My hope is that the U.S. Supreme Court will do that,” Walker said. “If they don’t, the only other viable option out there is to support a constitutional amendment which I would believing not just in marriage being defined as one man, one woman, but I also believe in states rights.  I believe that is an issue that appropriately belongs in the states.”

Fred Sainz, vice president of communications for the Human Rights Campaign, said Walker’s support for a Federal Marriage Amendment is consistent with his anti-gay history.

“Given his history of opposing marriage equality in Wisconsin, it’s no surprise that Scott Walker now says he will support a constitutional amendment in reaction to a Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality,” Sainz said. “The question that remains now is whether other candidates will follow the lead of candidates like Ted Cruz and Scott Walker and continue to fight against marriage equality, regardless of the Supreme Court’s decision.”

Watch the video here (courtesy Right Wing Watch)

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

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