Friday, June 26, 2015

Scott Walker calls for constitutional amendment after Supreme Court gay marriage ruling

Wisconsin Gov. and possible 2016 GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker called for a constitutional amendment to allow the states to define marriage after the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling on Friday.

“The only alternative left for the American people is to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to reaffirm the ability of the states to continue to define marriage.

“Recognizing that our founders made our Constitution difficult to amend, I am reminded that it was first amended to protect our ‘first freedom’ — the free exercise of religion. The First Amendment does not simply protect a narrow ‘right to worship,’ but provides broad protection to individuals and institutions to worship and act in accordance with their religious beliefs.

"In fact, the Wisconsin constitution explicitly protects the rights of conscience of our citizens. I can assure all Wisconsinites concerned about the impact of today’s decision that your conscience rights will be protected, and the government will not coerce you to act against your religious beliefs," Walker said.

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