Wisconsin GOP Lt. Governor candidate Rebecca Kleefisch: Gay marriage like 'marrying dogs'
Thu. October 28, 2010 7:54 PM by GoPride.com News Staff
rebecca kleefisch, republican for wis. lt. governor
Months ago, during an interview with a Christian radio station, Kleefisch said the state should not give benefits to state employees' domestic partners.
"[The State of Wisconsin] can't at this point afford to just be handing out money to anyone," she said. "This is a slippery slope. At what point are we going to OK marrying inanimate objects? Can I marry this table, or this, you know, clock? Can we marry dogs? This is ridiculous."
On Thursday, after being targeted by protesters at UW-Waukesha, she issued a new statement.
"My comments were meant to relay my concern with redefining marriage," the statement read. "I never intended to sound insensitive and have the utmost respect for all people. I apologize for my poor choice of words."
Kleefisch is a former morning anchor for WISN-TV in Milwaukee.
Her gay uncle, Chris Pfauser, told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that Kleefisch had been friendly with him until she got political aspirations.
"I don't feel she is qualified - even less qualified than Sarah Palin would have been for the VP role," Pfauser told the Journal-Sentinel. "At least Sarah had some government experience. Becky has been a journalist and to my knowledge never managed a person in her life, needless to say a state and thousands of state workers."