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UPDATE: Walker calls gay marriage ruling 'grave mistake'


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide is a "grave mistake."

Walker issued a statement Friday reaffirming his support for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution allowing the states to define marriage.

Walker has been a longtime opponent of gay marriage, but last year during his re-election campaign he said his opinion didn't matter.

But now as he prepares for a presidential run, Walker is blasting the Supreme Court's decision, saying "five unelected judges have taken it upon themselves to redefine the institution of marriage."

Years before he was governor Walker voted for a state constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriages in 2006, but a federal court struck that down a year ago.

Walker says the country needs a conservative president to appoint people to the Supreme Court.

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