Gov. Walker on same-sex marriage: “This will be decided through the court process”

OAK CREEK (WITI) — For the first time since last Friday’s landmark ruling on same-sex marriage in Wisconsin, we’re hearing from Gov. Scott Walker.

Gov. Walker’s first comments on the issue came at a groundbreaking in Oak Creek. But if you were looking for an earth-moving statement from the governor on the issue, this was the wrong place.

“Are you re-thinking you’re position on gay marriage?” asked a reporter.

“No.  I’m just not stating one at all,” said Gov. Walker

Legal questions abound after the ruling. Instead of issuing an order to void the state ban, the judge asked the gay couples who brought the suit to offer opinions on what should happen next. That meant the attorney general did not automatically have the standing to file for a “stay” to prevent same-sex marriages. It’s a situation pitting county clerks against the attorney general — and sending into legal limbo marriages that have already been performed.

In other states like Pennsylvania, the governor directed the attorney general to simply drop the appeals process.

“The difference here is that the attorney general I think is correct in the sense that we take an oath, and as part of that oath, we’re obligated to uphold the constitution of the state.  This isn’t just a rule, this wasn’t just a law, this is in the state’s constitution as enacted by the voters of the state,” said Gov. Walker.

“Do you think civil rights should be up for a vote?” asked FOX6’s Mike Lowe.

“That’s a question you should have asked people in 2006,” said Gov. Walker.

“We don’t have a time machine, we don’t have a DeLorean,” said Lowe.

“What I’m saying is that you guys are asking hypothetical questions.  This will be decided through the court process,” said Gov. Walker.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says county clerks who have issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples could face charges for breaking the law.

The Assembly’s top Democrat Peter Barca calls that “outrageous.”

 

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