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OAK CREEK, Wis. -Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says his personal opposition to same-sex marriage doesn't matter because the ban on gay marriages was put into the state constitution by a vote of the people.
Walker was asked Thursday about a federal judge's decision last week striking down Wisconsin's ban on gay marriages as unconstitutional. Walker voted for the ban in 2006 and advocated strongly for its passage.
“The attorney general, I think, is correct in the sense that we take an oath of office and as part of that oath we’re obligated to uphold the constitution of the state. This isn’t just a rule, this isn’t just a law. This is in the state’s constitution as enacted by the voters of the state,” Walker said. “I think the attorney general; I think correctly so, takes his obligation to uphold his oath, which includes upholding the constitution, very seriously.”
But Walker has lately dodged questions about his position on same-sex marriages as polls show public opinion turning in favor of it.
Walker said Thursday, "My position has been clear. I voted in the past. It really doesn't matter."
Walker says he supports fellow Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen defending the amendment from a legal challenge by the American Civil Liberties Union.
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