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Republican Governor Scott Walker's Son Acted As Witness In Gay Marriage

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Alex Walker, the son of Wisconsin's Republican Governor Scott Walker, served as one of the legal witnesses at the marriage of a same-sex couple who was wed on June 9, The Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reports:  

WeddingRecords show Shelli Marquardt and Cathy Priem [pictured right] married at the Waukesha County Courthouse on June 9. Alex Walker, 19, scribbled his signature on the marriage certificate as one of two adult witnesses to the wedding. The certificate is on file with the Waukesha County register of deeds.

Laurel Patrick, a spokeswoman for the governor, confirmed Thursday that Walker's son was present for the event for the lesbian couple. One of the two women, Patrick noted, is a relative of first lady Tonette Walker.

"Shelli Marquardt is the first lady's cousin," Patrick said in a statement. "She is a part of the Walker family who they dearly love." [...]

Marquardt and Priem are listed, along with Walker and his wife, as hosts of an Independence Day barbecue starting at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Executive Residence. Both Marquardt and Priem are past donors to Walker's campaign fund, having given a total of $1,678. [...]

Patrick did not say whether the governor or first lady attended the same-sex wedding last month. Alex Walker did not respond to emails on Thursday.

Governor Walker has a complicated past with marriage equality. Despite having been a supporter of the 2006 constitutional amendment that banned same-sex marriage in Wisconsin and supporting the state's Attorney General in requesting a stay of the ruling that overturned the marriage ban, he commented that, “I'm not going to pretend to tell a federal judge in that regard what he or she should do about it...I don't know what (allowing gay marriage) means. Voters don't talk to me about that.” 

Walker has continued his evasive tactics by saying he simply will not state a position on gay marriage at this point because it doesn't make any difference what he believes. As The Journal-Sentinel points out, "Asked June 12 if he were rethinking his views on gay marriage, the first-term Republican governor — and possible presidential contender — said: 'No, I'm just not stating one at all.'"

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  1. The irony is that Republicans accuse President Obama and the Clintons of accepting same-sex marriage for political expediency, yet here is a clear-cut example: I won't take a position on an equality issue until I see which way the wind blows.

    Posted by: Larry | Jul 8, 2014 12:01:15 PM


  2. Scott Walker is dishonest by his nature. Back in 2012, I happened to spot him and his family in Philadephia when I visited there and took a guided tour of Independence Hall. When the ranger asked people in the audience where they were from, he replied "Florida" and didn't bat an eye.

    Posted by: Hank | Jul 8, 2014 1:18:26 PM


  3. The latest on this story is that Scott and Tonette did attend the reception, all decked out in their finest Badger wear (ain't that klassy). It's interesting that Walker doesn't want talk about this now, even though he did support the amendment in 2006, and did veto a domestic partnership statute when he was Milwaukee County executive. It's typical republican hypocrisy.

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 8, 2014 1:24:25 PM


  4. It's most likely that his own son educated him to why his stances have been unfair to a minority.

    It's also likely that he's afraid to publicly state a more educated view of the issue, since he has Republican presidential hopes in 2016.

    He might be a better person than Mitt Romney, but that isn't saying much....

    ...typical republican....

    Posted by: TonyJazz | Jul 8, 2014 1:30:29 PM


  5. I think people are being a little unfair. Whatever his past views are, his family clearly have different opinions and the fact that he's not openly stating an opinion now is a bit hemophilic if anything. He's just being cautious.

    Whilst I don't expect him to be the grand marshall at Pride any day now, it's fair to say that he's in that transitional stage regarding his views. Let's give him a chance to become an ally who will advocate for gay rights as a Republican! Give him some time and don't shoot him down!

    Posted by: C-burg | Jul 8, 2014 1:40:26 PM


  6. Why is his past "complicated"?
    He's against it, and he's acted against it.

    Posted by: Raphael | Jul 8, 2014 1:44:52 PM


  7. " the fact that he's not openly stating an opinion now is a bit hemophilic if anything. He's just being cautious."

    The man needs to form a bloody opinion.

    Posted by: crispy | Jul 8, 2014 1:48:33 PM


  8. Cut him some slack?

    Sure...as soon as someone can tell us ANYTHING that this man has accomplished that has been for the good of the state....

    Is there anything he advocates that is helpful to anyone (except fatcats)?

    I'm waiting....

    Posted by: TonyJazz | Jul 8, 2014 1:52:12 PM


  9. Typical politician being political rather than being a leader. Typical politician putting his/her election viability over doing what he/she probably thinks is right.

    Posted by: Perry | Jul 8, 2014 1:59:06 PM


  10. This man is awful. He is playing politics with this issue, oh so eager to support discrimination when it suits his political interests but refusing to speak openly about his past (and continuing - Wisconsin is appealing the recent order declaring its marriage ban unconstitutional) support for discrimination given his recognition of how political winds have changed and how that support could hurt him in a 2016 general election for President.

    He is being opposed this fall by a reliable ally of our community, Mary Burke, who deserves our support. We never would have had to deal with George W. Bush if progressives and LGBT voters in Texas had stopped him in his tracks in 1994 and we wouldn't nearly have had to deal with Mitt Romney if progressives and LGBT voters had turned out in Massachusetts and stopped him in his tracks in 2002.

    You can be assured that, if Scott Walker is ever in a position to be nominating Supreme Court and other federal judges, his nominees will be more in the ilk of Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas than Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Anyone Wisconite committed to the best interests of our community will be sure to get out and vote for Mary Burke in November. http://burkeforwisconsin.com/the-issues/#individual-freedoms

    Posted by: Patric | Jul 8, 2014 2:24:02 PM


  11. Just another example of the tides turning within the core of the GOP. Once the old white guys are gone, the fight for human rights will hopefully be won.

    Posted by: Stephens | Jul 8, 2014 2:35:16 PM


  12. This shows that a younger generation has very different ideas from an older one. Alex Walker represents the future of the nation and, ultimately, of the Republican Party.

    Posted by: RonCharles | Jul 8, 2014 3:30:56 PM


  13. @CRISPY: well played, sir!

    Posted by: HERMES | Jul 8, 2014 8:54:16 PM


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