How will gay marriage impact voters' decisions at the poll?

Published 06/10 2014 04:49PM

Updated 06/10 2014 05:41PM

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV)-- Allowing same sex couples to wed has already become a divisive issue for candidates. 

The Democrats treated the judge's decision to overturn the ban on same sex marriage as a victory last Friday—kicking off their state convention in the dells with celebrations.

UWGB Professor Emeritus, Michael Kraft, says it’s an issue voters are likely to hear a lot on the campaign trail.

“Democrats of course may say no, no lets talk about it because we think it helps our party more than the other side so if anything I would think Democratic candidates would push this," said Kraft.

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate, Mary Burke, said "Every loving couple should have the freedom to marry whomever they choose."

While Democrats celebrated, Republicans deflected comment.

Gov. Scott Walker’s administration released this statement: "It is correct for the Attorney General, on this or any other issue, to defend the constitution of the state of Wisconsin, especially in a case where the people voted to amend it."


Kraft says we’re likely to see Republican candidates redirect to other issues.

“Republicans will say lets talk about jobs, lets talk about education lets talk about Obamacare," he said. 

While the topic is likely to spark lively debate among candidates—will it influence voters at the poll?

“Generally this is not what we call a salient issue.  If you ask what are the most important problems facing the country or what are the issues people are thinking about that might affect their vote, it’s probably going to be the economy, jobs, maybe health care," said Kraft. 

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