Via the Associated Press:
Gov. Scott Walker has a history of forcefully opposing same-sex marriage in Wisconsin, but in the wake of the state’s ban on gay marriages being found unconstitutional the Republican leader said Thursday that his own views about the issue do not matter. Walker, who is running for re-election this year and eyeing a bid for president in 2016, continued to largely duck questions about the state’s ban he voted for in 2006, as hundreds of gay couples wed in the last week and polls show public attitudes shifting in favor of allowing same-sex marriages. Walker campaigned strongly in support of the ban nine years ago. Walker joined with 59 percent of voters statewide to add the ban to the state constitution in 2006. Even though he pushed for it to be approved then, Walker now says his position is irrelevant. “My position has been clear. I voted in the past. It really doesn’t matter,” Walker said in response to questions about the issue following a campaign event Thursday.Walker’s reluctance to stick to his hard-line position may be explained by recent polls showing growing public support for same-sex marriages.
As of yesterday, 555 marriage licenses had been issued to same-sex couples in Wisconsin.