Scott Walker now believes that it doesn't make any difference what he thinks about same-sex marriage. It's now up to the courts and out of his hands, he claims.
Here's a politician that used the gay marriage card with reckless abandon during his many election campaigns through the years. He constantly attacked proposals that would allow a couple other than a man and a woman to marry and was one of the key supporters of the amendment that wrote discrimination against gays into the state's constitution back in 2006.
But the tide has turned against politicians who were so eager to use the culture wars in their bids for public office.
Back in 2005 when Walker was Milwaukee County executive and considering a race for governor, he jumped in with both feet on the side of the anti-gay lobby.
"Wisconsin's values are my values, and I look forward to leading our great state in the right direction," he declared in a press release.
Now he says it doesn't make any difference what he believes.
We beg to differ.
Wisconsin voters deserve to know when they go to the ballot box this fall exactly what the candidates believe. If Scott Walker is still adamant that marriage is reserved only for a man and a woman, he should make that clear. There will be many instances during the next four years that require the governor to make decisions on gay rights issues, including just how far the state should go to challenge the decision that declared Wisconsin's law unconstitutional.
And if, as have most Wisconsin citizens, he has changed his mind about same-sex marriage and the state's "values," his supporters need to know that, too. Anti-gay leader Julaine Appling is already complaining that Walker's people aren't protesting federal Judge Barbara Crabb's recent decision enough.
Walker has a habit of ducking tough issues at election time. He never once, for instance, hinted that he would eviscerate public employee unions during the 2010 campaign even though he had been planning to do just that for some time.
Voters deserve to know his position on the marriage issue to avoid being blindsided once again.
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