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Gov. Walker won't say whether he thinks relative's same-sex marriage is legal

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OREGON (WKOW) -- Gov. Scott Walker knew beforehand that his 19 year-old son Alex would serve as an official witness at the same-sex marriage of a family member in Waukesha County on June 9th, but will not say whether he considers that marriage to be legal.

Gov. Walker made his first public comments about the matter at a campaign stop Tuesday morning.

The Governor said he did not attend the marriage ceremony for Shelli Marquardt and Cathy Priem, because he was in New York that day.  Marquardt is the cousin of First Lady Tonette Walker.  Alex Walker was one of two people who signed as an official witness to the marriage.

"Doesn't need my blessing to do anything he does," said Gov. Walker.  "Yes, I knew that and its perfectly fine for him to do that." 

Gov. Walker said his family loves Marquardt and that the marriage is a matter of personal business, not policy.  When asked if he considered Marquardt's marriage to be legal, the Governor said he wasn't qualified to answer the question.

"In terms of marriages, I'm not a lawyer, you'll have to ask courts where ultimately that's the place that's being decided right now," said Gov. Walker.

Gov. Walker has said for at least a month that he is choosing to take no personal position on the issue of same-sex marriage, though he had voiced support for the state's ban on it in the past.
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