The Republican candidate for Wisconsin lieutenant governor is apologizing for saying during a recent radio interview that gay marriage is like marrying a table, clock or a dog.
During an interview with WVCY Christian radio, Kleefisch said extending domestic partner benefits to state employees was “a slippery slope.”
“In addition to that at what point are we going to be okay marrying inanimate objects? Can I marry this table or this, you know, clock? Can we marry dogs?”
“This is ridiculous,” continued Kleefisch. “And biblically, again, I’m going to go right back to my fundamental Christian beliefs marriage is between one man and one woman.”
Her comments ignited protests from students at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha while she appeared at the university to give a speech.
“My comments were meant to relay my concern with redefining marriage,” Kleefisch later said in a statement. “I never intended to sound insensitive, and have the utmost respect for all people. I apologize for my poor choice of words.”
“We simply cannot allow our next lieutenant governor to be someone who likens the value of relationships between caring and committed same-sex couples to tables and clocks,” said Katie Belanger, head of Fair Wisconsin, the state’s largest gay rights group.
“Kleefisch’s apology rings hollow, and can’t hide how far out of the mainstream she and Scott Walker truly are,” Kleefisch’s opponent, Democrat Tom Nelson said in a news release. “With views this extreme it’s no wonder she doesn’t want voters to know what she believes, and I can’t think of any other reason for her repeatedly refusing to debate me.”
In June, the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the state’s ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions. The constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage was put into effect in 2006 after being approved by a statewide referendum.
‘Stand with Hong Kong’ shirts fill the stands at Nets game as NBA is protested for China subservience
The National Basketball Association was protested on Friday for bowing to pressure from China.
The NBA has been harshly criticized for standing by the oppressive regime instead of standing in solidarity with the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.
"Producer and activist Andrew Duncan bought 300 tickets to tonight's Nets vs Raptors game and is hosting hundreds of Chinese pro-Democracy activists to protest the NBA," New York magazine correspondent Yashar Ali reported Friday. "They're all wearing 'Stand With Hong Kong' T-shirts."
Photos from the protest:
1. Producer and activist Andrew Duncan bought 300 tickets to tonight's Nets vs Raptors game and is hosting hundreds of Chinese pro-Democracy activists to protest the NBA.
Trump polling close friends over whether he should fire Mulvaney: report
President Donald Trump is considering firing Mick Mulvaney, his acting White House chief of staff and director of the Office of Management and Budget, The Atlantic reported Friday.
"Mick Mulvaney's job was in danger even before his disastrous press conference yesterday, and his equally disastrous attempt to walk that performance back," The Atlantic reported. "The fumble could not have been more poorly timed: According to multiple current and former White House officials, many of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to relay private conversations, Trump has been steadily souring on Mulvaney for weeks."
Michael Moore predicts Mick Mulvaney will get into Heaven after confessing Trump’s quid pro quo
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore predicted acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney will ascend to Heaven in the afterlife during a Friday interview on MSNBC's "The Beat" with Ari Melber.
The host played a clip of Mulvaney admitting Trump's quid pro quo while seeking foreign election assistance from Ukraine.
"This man obviously is going to be admitted into Heaven," Moore said. "You know, he told the truth."
"If there was a movie version of this, somebody stuck him with a needle just before he walked out onto the stage there, a truth serum needle, and he just went on and on saying, 'Yeah, that’s what we do. Yeah, of course.' Essentially admitting there is a quid pro quo. In fact, there are many quid pro quos."