US: Wisconsin Governor fought for marriage ban while his son served as witness at gay wedding

Governor Scott Walker backed efforts to reinstate the ban, while his son witnessed a gay wedding Share on WhatsApp 2 reader comments

The son of the Governor of Wisconsin served as a witness at a family same-sex wedding last month, despite his father supporting efforts to put a same-sex marriage ban back in place.

US District Judge Barbara Crabb struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban last month, and did not stay her own ruling, allowing weddings to begin.

However, after Republican Attorney General  J B Van Hollen launched an an appeal – backed by Governor Scott Walker – the judge called a halt to the marriages, less than a week after they had begun.

It has since emerged that Walker’s own son served at a witness at a gay family wedding in the brief period that same-sex marriages were available, despite his father backing efforts to ban them.

According to local TV network WKOW, the governor’s office has confirmed that Alex Walker served as a witness on June 9 in Waukesha County.

Spokesperson Laurel Patrick confirmed that Walker served as a witness for a family member on his mother’s side, “whom the first lady and her family dearly love”.

On June 13, Governor Walker claimed it “doesn’t matter” what he thought of same-sex marriage, because the ban was in the state’s constitution.

Walker has since refused to clarify whether he still supports a ban on same-sex marriage, while the appeal heads for a Federal Appeals Court.

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Putin allies met David Cameron at Tory summer party while anti-gay law was being passed

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Putin allies and pro-Russian lobbyists attended a Tory summer party while Russia was in the process of passing its notorious anti-gay law, it has been revealed.

According to the Guardian, a number of Russian politicians attended the party on June 24 last year, two weeks after the Russian parliament unanimously voted in favour of the law and one week before Putin signed it into law.

David Cameron, Theresa May and Boris Johnson were among the leading Conservative politicians in attendance.

Russian MP Vasily Shestakov, who voted for the anti-gay law, was in attendance at the event, according to a leaked seating plan.

Shestakov – who has been tasked with improving Russia’s reputation in the UK – shook hands with David Cameron at the event.

A member of the party told the newspaper that the handshake was to “make the wheels go round”.

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