Scott Walker’s Wife And Kids Support Same-Sex Marriage Ruling, Disappointed With His Reaction

Incoming Governor Scott Walker, his wife, Tonette, and sons, Matthew and Alex, take in the sights and sounds of the Madison Capitol Rotunda for an Inauguration ceremony Jan. 3. Wisconsin National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jon LaDue
Even as Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker voices his staunch opposition to same-sex marriage, his own wife and kids stand united against him in favor of marriage equality.

Last month the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right, thus legalizing marriage equality across the nation. The decision, of course, drove conservatives into temper tantrum-throwing frenzy, with Mike Huckabee leading the hissy fit parade against the “imperial court.”

Scott Walker, who is poised to become the one millionth entry into the Republican Party presidential sweepstakes, has been and continues to be an outspoken anti-gay conservative Christian, and he didn’t hold back after the Supreme Court handed down its historic ruling.

Calling the decision a “grave mistake,” Walker called for his state to reject “judicial activism” and called for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

“As a result of this decision, 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,” Walker said to the delight of bigoted conservatives across the country.

But although Scott Walker’s message appealed to conservatives, it didn’t go down that well with his own family.

That’s right, Walker’s own wife, Tonette, and sons, Matt and Alex, not only support same-sex marriage and the Supreme Court ruling, they were downright disappointed with the way he reacted when gay people finally had their civil rights enshrined under the law.

According to the Washington Post,

In their house, Tonette Walker heard immediately about her husband’s response from the couple’s two sons, Matt and Alex, who are taking time off from college to help their father’s campaign. She told them to talk directly to him.

“That was a hard one,” Tonette said, pausing and choosing her words carefully. “Our sons were disappointed. . . . I was torn. I have children who are very passionate [in favor of same-sex marriage], and Scott was on his side very passionate.”

“It’s hard for me because I have a cousin who I love dearly — she is like a sister to me — who is married to a woman, her partner of 18 years,” she said.

She said her son, Alex, was her cousin’s best man at their wedding last year.

The couple, Shelli Marquardt and Cathy Priem, have vacationed and hosted parties with the Walkers, according to friends.

And the disappointment may be the reason why Walker toned down his anti-gay fervor when he spoke to a crowd of 4,000 conservatives in the swing state of Colorado a day later.

“We should respect the opinions of others in America, but that in return means that they not only respect our opinions — they respect what is written in the Constitution,” Walker said during the speech.

It makes one wonder whether the families of the other Republican candidates are in the same situation.

Clearly, Republicans are stuck between a rock and hard place right now. They don’t want to risk pissing off the conservative base, which has has pulled the GOP to the right, thus preventing GOP candidates from appealing to the mainstream of the general public. And now Walker, and perhaps other Republican candidates, are feeling pressure from their own families to change their tune.

In the end, will Republicans continue to pander to their hateful bigoted right-wing base or will they be guided back towards the middle by their loved ones? Scott Walker certainly seems to have been guided back towards the middle on at least this particular subject. It’s either that or he just felt shame that he disappointed the people who matter most to him and sought to alleviate that feeling. Regardless of why he softened his stance, conservatives may punish him for it anyway since backpedaling away from the culture wars is considered weakness and a cardinal sin in “Christian” right-wing circles.

Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info