Monday, October 6, 2014

Does marriage equality still play a role in this year's election? Two words: Rebecca Kleefisch

Past comments from the current Lt. Gov. should cause some to question whether she would be a good governor, should Walker pursue the presidency

With the recent decision of the Supreme Court to not review appeals on bans of same-sex marriage from Wisconsin and several other states, one has to wonder: does marriage equality matter anymore in state politics, or more specifically in this year's elections?

You bet it does. Gov. Scott Walker may not be vocal about his stance on marriage equality anymore, but his Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch has said quite a bit on it in the past. These comments are truly worrisome, and indicate that Kleefisch might not be a responsible leader should she assume the post of governor in the future.

While running in 2010, Kleefisch was vocal about the same-sex marriage issue, comparing the practice to that of bestiality and other relationships.

“At what point are we going to OK marrying inanimate objects?” Kleefisch once asked rhetorically in a radio interview. “Can I marry this table, or this, you know, clock? Can we marry dogs? This is ridiculous.”

Kleefisch survived that controversy four years ago, and remains on the gubernatorial ticket today. As lieutenant governor, she would become governor herself should Scott Walker choose to resign his office.

Since Gov. Walker probably intends to run for president, his resignation is a real possibility, meaning “Can I marry this table” Rebecca Kleefisch could very well become governor if he’s re-elected this fall.

It would probably not affect the marriage equality decision much, but having someone in office that understands the difference between marriage among two consenting adults and marriage between animals and furniture would be a good thing. For starters, it would put more maturity into the office. But more importantly, it would put someone respectable, on this issue and on many others, in the position of governor.

If you want to avoid a Kleefisch governorship, you need to support Mary Burke for governor. It’s clear that Walker will run for president at this point, but only if he wins another term in his current position. Let’s hope, for the sake of thousands of families across the state, that doesn’t happen.

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