Scott Walker says it's time GOP concedes defeat on gay marriage

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Walker on gay marriage: Voters "don't want to get focused" on it.
During an appearance yesterday on Meet the Press, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said he thinks it's time his party concedes defeat and moves past the marriage equality issue.

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Walker's remarks come on the heels of the release of new nationwide polling showing that 51 percent of Republicans under the age of 30 support marriage equality at the state level. As Mother Jones reports, according to the polling, "the only major demographic that still opposes same-sex marriage is white, evangelical Christians."

Think Progress puts Walker's Meet the Press remarks in context:
DAVID GREGORY: Are younger conservatives more apt to see marriage equality as something that is, you know, what they believe, that is basic rather than as a disqualifying issue?

WALKER: I think there's no doubt about that. But I think that's all the more reason, when I talk about things, I talk about the economic and fiscal crises in our state and in our country, that's what people want to resonate about. They don't want to get focused on those issues.
Walker also questioned why the government sanctions marriage in the first place, noting, "an alternative [would be] to say not have the government sanction it, period, and leave that up to the churches and the synagogues."
For the most part, Walker's advice hasn't been heeded by the MNGOP. With the notable exception of Sen. Branden Petersen, R-Andover, all indications are the entire MNGOP Senate caucus remains unified in opposition to the Dibble/Clark marriage equality bill.

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MNjoe topcommenter

When will the GOP concede defeat on the subject of starting unnecessary wars that kill thousands of Americans, maim tens of thousands more and cost trillions of dollars, throwing the economy into recession? Oh wait, they don't understand that yet.

MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Yeah stupid religious nuts who got Scott Walker elected.   When are you stupid conservatives going to learn that your religious nonsense is just what people like Scott Walker uses to lower the taxes of rich people while taking away your rights?  Obviously he needs your votes so he will pretend to be a bigot like you but what he really wants is to do whatever the Koch brothers tell him to do.  Anyway, its time you follow his lead and do as he says because you are obviously all too stupid to think for yourselves.  Notice how he will ignore mass protests to take your right to join a union but he is timid as a kitten when it comes to the gay marriage debate.  How stupid are Republican base voters to get tricked by an evil con man like Walker?  

Jeffrey Alan Hoium
Jeffrey Alan Hoium

But marriage is a legal contract of course the government has to sanction it.

Carole Hartman
Carole Hartman

shouldn't ever be a government issue...marriage, and religion are none of governments concerns period.

Allen J. Oh
Allen J. Oh

Walker says: "an alternative [would be] to say not have the government sanction it, period, and leave that up to the churches and the synagogues." I never thought I'd be so enthusiastically in agreement with him, but there it is.

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