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Gov. Walker won't say whether Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban is constitutional

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MADISON (WKOW) -- On the same day Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen asked a federal judge to put on hold any order she may make that would strike down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) would not say whether he believes that ban is constitutional.

In a press availability at the Capitol Friday afternoon, several members of the media asked Governor Walker for comment on the ban's constitutional viability.   The Governor would only say he isn't an attorney and that he will leave it to the courts to decide that question.  When asked what it would mean for the values and culture of Wisconsin if the ban is struck down and same-sex marriages are allowed, the Governor uncharacteristically struggled to find an answer.

"I don't know what it means. Others will have to focus in on that.  The reason I point that out is, voters don't talk to me about that," said Gov. Walker.  "They talk to me about the economy, they talk to me about their kids' schools, they talk to me about making sure we keep our finances in order. I haven't been outspoken on this, because that's not what voters talk to me about."

The ACLU filed a challenge to the ban on behalf of eight same-sex couples in February, claiming the state it denies them the civil rights enjoyed by married couples.

Attorney General Van Hollen said earlier this week that he believes the judge in that case will overturn the ban, leading him to file Friday's motion to stay.

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