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US: Wisconsin Governor fought for marriage ban while his son served as witness at gay wedding

Nick Duffy July 4, 2014

The son of the Governor of Wisconsin served as a witness at a family same-sex wedding last month, despite his father supporting efforts to put a same-sex marriage ban back in place.

US District Judge Barbara Crabb struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban last month, and did not stay her own ruling, allowing weddings to begin.

However, after Republican Attorney General  J B Van Hollen launched an an appeal – backed by Governor Scott Walker – the judge called a halt to the marriages, less than a week after they had begun.

It has since emerged that Walker’s own son served at a witness at a gay family wedding in the brief period that same-sex marriages were available, despite his father backing efforts to ban them.

According to local TV network WKOW, the governor’s office has confirmed that Alex Walker served as a witness on June 9 in Waukesha County.

Spokesperson Laurel Patrick confirmed that Walker served as a witness for a family member on his mother’s side, “whom the first lady and her family dearly love”.

On June 13, Governor Walker claimed it “doesn’t matter” what he thought of same-sex marriage, because the ban was in the state’s constitution.

Walker has since refused to clarify whether he still supports a ban on same-sex marriage, while the appeal heads for a Federal Appeals Court.

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