GOP Presidential Frontrunner Scott Walker Wants Constitutional Amendment Banning Gay Marriage


Watch as Gov. Scott Walker, who is leading the 2016 GOP presidential polls currently, talks about his views on same-sex marriage and tries to not talk about Caitlyn Jenner.

Even though he has yet to announce his intentions, Scott Walker is leading several of the GOP 2016 presidential polls currently. The controversial Wisconsin Republican governor who has won both a recall and a second term despite making a name for himself as a union buster and amid claims by his adversaries of corruption, Walker, at 47, has been able to navigate the political landscape better than many.

Speaking at freshman Republican U.S. Senator Joni Ernst's first annual "Roast and Ride" GOP political event, Walker talked about same-sex marriage and Caitlyn Jenner (video, above, starting at about the 5:35 mark.)

Walker says he will not stop fighting even if the U.S. Supreme Court finds a constitutional right for same-sex couples to marry, and he wants a constitutional amendment allowing states to ban marriage equality should the Court rule in favor of it.

"I personally believe that marriage is between one man and one woman," Walker told ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl in an interview broadcast Sunday morning. 

"If the court decides that, the only next approach is for those who are supporters of marriage being defined as between one man and one woman is ultimately to consider pursuing a constitutional amendment."

"I believe that the decision on defining marriage should be left up to the states, yeah," Walker added. 

The statement is consistent with his recent comments. Walker, in an example of his usual political balancing act, in April announced he would attend a same-sex couple's reception, but didn't weigh in on a hypothetical wedding invitation. And he has called for a constitutional amendment allowing states to ban same-sex marriage, most recently also in April.

Walker, who shuns the frontrunner label, thusly affording him less examination from the press, had far less to say about Caitlyn Jenner.

"We had another big cultural moment," ABC's Karl noted. "President Obama said Caitlyn Jenner coming out like that was an act of courage. Do you agree with that?"

Walker refused to weigh in.

"Well, I think it’s a personal decision. And to me, I don’t know that there’s anything more to comment on. It’s a personal decision," he said.



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