Senate candidates Tammy Baldwin and
Tommy Thompson recently discussed their differing views on gay
Thompson and Baldwin are competing to
replace retiring Wisconsin Senator Herb Kohl.
Thompson, the former governor of
Wisconsin, and Congresswoman Baldwin spent part of their first debate
Friday night sparring over marriage equality.
“71 out of 72 counties voted for a
constitutional amendment in Wisconsin and I support those 71
counties,” Thompson, a Republican, stated. “It's an issue left
up to the states and that's where it should be.”
Baldwin, who if elected would become
the nation's first openly gay senator, said she supported marriage
rights for gay and lesbian couples.
“I believe in principles of equality
and I certainly support marriage equality,” she answered. “I
recognize what the voters of Wisconsin decided back in 2006. But we
know that every year people are thinking about this issue and
changing their minds.”
She added that she was very moved by
President Barack Obama's “journey to support marriage equality.”
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