Republican Candidate For Wisconsin Attorney General Says He Would Defend Interracial Marriage Ban (VIDEO)

Not only do Republicans want to ban same-sex marriage, they apparently still can’t accept interracial marriage either, even if the couple is a man and a woman.

In September, the Republican nominee running for attorney general in Wisconsin told the host of a local television program that he would defend an interracial marriage ban if he were in a state with such a law on the books.

During the show “Eye On Oshkosh,” Brad Schimel was asked about same-sex marriage bans in the context of interracial marriage bans in the 1950s. And like most answers given by Republicans on these issues, his response was disappointing to say the least.

HOST: “But if you had been attorney general in, say, the 1950s, in a state that did not allow interracial marriage, do you think the proper role of an attorney general then was to not put himself or herself into the mix and say this is wrong?”

SCHIMEL: “Yeah, it is.”

HOST: “Your job is to uphold the law, even if it’s something that we might look back in the future and say that’s absurd?”

SCHIMEL: “It might be distasteful to me. I’ve got to stay consistent with that. As the state’s lawyer, it’s not my job to pick and choose.”

Here’s the video via YouTube. The remarks begin at the 28 minute mark.

In an effort to cover his ass, Schimel released a statement about his comments on Wednesday claiming that “love and the law are colorblind” but again suggested that state attorneys should defend unjust laws in a dig against his Democratic opponent Susan Happ.

Love and the law are colorblind, as they should be. Many shameful, racist laws were changed over the course of time in this country by legislators, the courts and the people’s direct votes. But if Susan Happ wants to make up new laws, or change old ones, she’s running for the wrong job.

While it isn’t the 1950s anymore, interracial marriage is still not completely accepted in many southern states. Many states refused to take their bans off the books for decades after the Supreme Court struck down such bans in 1967. For instance, South Carolina only repealed its ban in 1998 and Alabama waited until 2000. That’s less than 20 years ago. In a PPP poll in 2012, 21 percent of Alabama GOP voters said interracial marriage should still be illegal. 29 percent of Republican voters in Mississippi feel the same way. In 2012! So for a candidate running for a top legal post to say that he would defend interracial marriage bans if they were still on the books is outrageous, especially considering that he still intends to fight for Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage despite the Supreme Court allowing lower court rulings that struck down that very ban to stand.