by Scott Bauer
Madison, Wis. ( Associated Press) — Donald Trump’s backed candidate for governor of Wisconsin has stood by his opposition to same-sex marriage, telling The Associated Press that he believes “marriage is one man and one woman.” must be between.”
Tim Michels, co-owner of Michels Corp. Construction Company, is one of four Republicans running for a chance to take on Democratic Governor Tony Evers in November and won the former president’s backing this month. Mitchell spoke with the Associated Press on Tuesday about the race.
His views on same-sex marriage have been in question after he remarked in his 2004 US Senate race that he supported a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. He did not comment when asked earlier this month what he thought of Evers, who was raising a rainbow flag to celebrate Pride Month at the state capitol.
“My position is that marriage should be between a man and a woman,” Michele said on Tuesday when asked about it.
Asked if he would take steps as governor to limit the rights of gay people, Mitchell said: “As a businessman, what I do is what I look for in law and it’s all about the details.” That’s why I’m very hesitant to fantasize about such a broadly stated question.”
But Mitchell said he would win the support of LGBTQ voters because “they know I’m going to bring proper, proven executive leadership to the governor’s office.”
Gay marriage has been legal in Wisconsin since October 6, 2014, after the US Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of a lower court’s decision calling the state ban unconstitutional. The next day, authorities across the state started issuing marriage licenses. Eight months later, the US Supreme Court lifted all state restrictions on same-sex marriage.
Since the leak of a draft opinion led to the Supreme Court potentially overturning abortion rights, concerns have grown over whether the justices may next move to overturn other rulings that refer to “rights to privacy”. Rely on, which the court ruled in Roe v. Wade was mentioned in the decision. About 50 years ago. One of them is a 2015 ruling that removed the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.
Wisconsin Democratic Party spokeswoman Hannah Menchoff said Michelle is “once again taking the most radical stance on same-sex marriage.” He pointed to polls that show a majority of Wisconsin residents support same-sex marriage, saying that Mitchell is “too radical for Wisconsin.”
Michelle’s position on gay marriage puts her in contrast to another top candidate in the August 9 Republican primary. Former Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Clayfish supports same-sex marriage, and her campaign spokesman, Alec Zimmerman, said earlier this month that “she has moved on from the debate.”
Cliffish stated in 2010 that same-sex marriage could result in people marrying dogs, tables or clocks. He later apologized.
Another candidate, business consultant Kevin Nicholson, has said he does not want courts to re-consider the legality of same-sex marriage.
“The American people have made their views clear on this, they believe it should be legal,” Nicholson said.
State Representative Timothy Ramthun, another candidate, did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
Evers’ campaign responded to Mitchell’s comment by tweeting a video of Evers waving a rainbow flag while marching in the parade with the message: “Tony will always support the LGBTQ+ community in Wisconsin.”