Post submitted by former HRC Communications Campaign Director Brandon Lorenz

Today, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced he would be suspending his presidential campaign.

Walker notoriously launched his campaign for president under a firestorm of criticism after he said that Boy Scouts needed “protection” from LGB volunteers.

And Walker ended his first official week as a candidate with more controversy, by saying that he didn’t know whether being gay was a choice or not.

Walker didn’t stop there with his retrograde campaign – he also embraced the so-called First Amendment Defense Act, which would allow government employees to argue they were permitted to discriminate and deny service to LGBT people for religious reasons.

Whether the issue was marriage equality or non-discrimination protections for LGBT people, HRC’s polling has shown that a vast majority of Americans disagreed with Scott Walker's extreme views.  

A 55 percent majorityof voters are less likely to support a candidate for president who opposes allowing same-sex couples to marry, including 40 percent who strongly oppose. And fully 60 percent of Americans are less likely to support a candidate for president who supports laws allowing government officials such as Kim Davis to discriminate and deny service against LGBT people.

Filed under: Federal Advocacy

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