John M. Becker

Scott Walker's Son Witnesses WI Same-Sex Marriage

Filed By John M. Becker | July 06, 2014 8:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: Alex Walker, gay marriage, generation gap, GOP, marriage discrimination, marriage equality, Republican Party, same-sex marriage, Scott Walker, Wisconsin

scott-walker-family.jpgHere's a bit of interesting news from Wisconsin: Alex Walker (second from left in the photo), the college-age son of the state's anti-gay Republican Governor Scott Walker, recently acted as the state-required witness to a family member's same-sex marriage. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:

Records show Shelli Marquardt and Cathy Priem 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."

Scott Walker has admitted that his sons hold different views on marriage equality than his own:

Last year, Walker told BuzzFeed that his two sons had become more aware of gay rights since going to college. Matthew, 20, is a junior at Marquette University and chairman of the Wisconsin Federation of College Republicans. Walker said his sons have suggested the government should leave it to churches and other institutions to define and oversee the institution of marriage.

"That's a solid argument," Walker told the website. "I personally may not embrace that yet. But that, to me, is a bigger question. ... I get their concerns."

His sons' views on gay marriage appear to be very much in line with those of other young conservatives. Last month, a Pew Research Center poll found that 61% of self-described Republicans under 30 support legalizing gay marriage while only 35% oppose it.

Sadly though, his sons' views on marriage equality and the presence of married LGBT people in his family apparently aren't enough to persuade Gov. Walker to change his public position: he remains officially opposed to same-sex marriage and supports Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's appeal of a federal court ruling striking down Wisconsin's marriage discrimination amendment.


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