Dear Governor Walker,
In today’s paper you are quoted as saying that your position on same-sex marriage is irrelevant. “My position has been clear. I voted in the past. It doesn’t really matter.”
You do realize that you are the governor of our state, right? Historically the governor’s position on all matters of public interest are of import to the citizenry. As the highest elected official in our state you are in a position of power where your words and opinions carry weight. Saying that your position does not matter is, in the vernacular of rural Wisconsin, bullshit.
If you are still adamantly opposed to same-sex marriage, which is where your votes were in the past and where your position was clear, then we the people have the right to know where you stand now. The amendment vote was eight years ago and your position may have evolved just as many other politicians’ opinions have evolved. You were not afraid of expressing your viewpoint when 59% of the population agreed with you on the issue. Why should you be afraid to do so now when 55% of the population disagrees with you. To me this seems like a spineless attempt to maintain your base and not lose those votes in the upcoming election.
Staying silent also indicates that you are trying not to lose possible swing votes from independents and the handful of Democrats who may like some of your other policies. Being governor is not about the next election. It is about leading now. The people want leaders in power, not those who look for the latest trends and then follow along. We want someone who lets us know how they feel about every issue without equivocating or wavering. If you are strongly morally opposed to same-sex marriage that is your right. Tell us. Tell us what you believe. If you have a moral backbone then you would speak about the issue and state your opinions proudly. I am not a politician and I have always stood my moral ground on issues which are of importance to me. Perhaps this is why I am not a politician.
You may say the issue is unimportant to you, but again that would be dodging the issue. It is clearly important to the citizens of this state since the federal ruling last Friday. As the governor it is incumbent upon you to tell us where you truly stand. In this state you can’t straddle both sides of a farm fence without catching yourself on barbed wire.