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States should control Gay marriage, says GA senate candidate

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Herschel Walker — Photo by John Bazemore / AP
Herschel Walker — Photo by John Bazemore / AP

With more than 96% of the votes counted in Georgia's primary election, Herschel Walker is the Republican Party nominee to challenge Raphael Warnock for a US Senate seat.

Walker won the nomination easily with more than 68% of the GOP vote. Warnock, the incumbent since the 2020 special election, was unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

Walker is an outspoken ally of Donald Trump and a vocal enemy of the LGBTQ community. In fact, just before balloting started, he announced that he was in favor of states' rights on marriage equality.

At a weekend rally in Columbus, Georgia, Walker was asked whether he would "stop the Gay weddings." He answered that "each state should determine that."

That would, of course, require the US Supreme Court to reverse its Obergefell decision — something that is clearly on the agenda of Justice Samuel Alito. Obergefell was one of the high court decisions Alito cited as bad law in his leaked opinion reversing Roe v. Wade.

Polls consistently show that most Americans now accept that same-sex couples should have a right to marry, just as they accept that women should have a right to an abortion.

Soon after Walker's statement against marriage equality hit the news, his campaign staff tried to walk it back. Spokesperson Mallory Blount said that voters should not take Walker's statement to mean he wants to overturn the US Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell.

"Herschel understands that the Supreme Court has ruled on same-sex marriage and respects the authority of the courts," Blount said. "He didn't mean to imply anything else."

Walker's son Christian, a social media influencer, is Gay, although he rejects the use of that word, describing himself as "a conservative who likes men." He currently has some half-million followers on Instagram and 90,000 on TikTok.

Walker is a Heisman Trophy winner and retired NFL running back. He currently makes his money as a chicken parts distributor.

Like his mentor, Donald Trump, Walker has been caught inflating his business successes. Walker has claimed that he runs a "mini Tyson Foods" empire, with processing plants and hundreds of employees. In fact, like Trump, he merely licenses use of his name to processing plant owners who want to associate themselves with his football legacy.

When his former wife, Cindy DeAngelis Grossman, filed for divorce in 2002, she accused Walker of physical and mental abuse, including holding a pistol to her head and threatening, "I'm going to blow your fucking brains out!"

Polling averages show Walker with a slight lead — less than one percentage point — over Warnock at this time.