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While former Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin called for an amendment banning same-sex marriage on multiple occasions in 2015, he never authored such an amendment. 

In April 2015, Walker told reporters he supported “a constitutional amendment allowing the states to determine what the definition (of marriage) is.” He repeated his support for such an amendment after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to legalize same-sex marriage in June 2015.

Walker’s tone surrounding marriage equality has shifted at various points during his political career. While he was outspoken about his opposition to same-sex marriage in 2005, he became more hesitant to define his stance in 2014 before again vocalizing his opposition with the call for a constitutional amendment in 2015, the same year he launched his short-lived campaign for president.

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Jacob Alabab-Moser / Wisconsin WatchFact Checker

Jacob Alabab-Moser joined as Wisconsin Watch’s fact checker in September 2022, as part of the effort by The Gigafact Project in partnership with different state-level news outlets to combat misinformation in the 2022 midterm elections. Jacob has several years of experience as a fact checker and research assistant at a variety of organizations, including at The Gigafact Project. He holds a BA from Brown University and is pursuing a MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science.