UPDATE: Walker, Burke spar over gay marriage

UPDATED Monday, June 16, 2014 --- 5:12 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke are sparring over same-sex marriage.

Burke said Monday that Walker is waffling on whether he believes gay couples should be able to get married in Wisconsin. But Walker says his position is clear and Burke needs a lesson in "Government 101" because she doesn't understand the governor can't arbitrarily change the constitution.

Walker says he voted for the ban in 2006 but now his stance doesn't matter because the governor plays no role in changing the constitution.

Walker says the governor has no bearing on that issue. He says, "It's not a matter of changing positions."

Burke says Walker isn't leading on the issue and she would support gay marriages in Wisconsin.

Copyright: Associated Press 2014


Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 --- 2:56 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democrat Mary Burke says Republican Gov. Scott Walker needs to be clear with Wisconsin residents about where he stands on legalizing gay marriage in the state.

Burke was asked Monday for reaction to Walker's comments last week that his position on the issue doesn't matter since voters approved the constitutional gay marriage ban that is now being challenged in court.

Walker had previously been an outspoken supporter of the ban and voted for it in 2006.

A federal judge struck down the ban and ordered clerks to move forward with same-sex marriages, but put that decision on hold Friday pending appeals from Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.

Burke calls gay marriage a "critical issue" and people need to know where Walker stands on it.

Copyright: Associated Press 2014

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