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GOP Assembly candidate Kirsch loses endorsement over another endorsement

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A Republican state Assembly candidate says a pro-family group withdrew its endorsement of him, because it was not happy that a gay rights' group also endorsed him.

Ashton Kirsch of Baraboo got 71 percent of the vote last week in a three-way GOP primary.

Wisconsin Family Action announced its support last month for Kirsch. This week, however, the group pulled its endorsement, saying only that Kirsch's views on marriage are too different from Family Action's support for one-man, one-woman marriage.

Kirsch tells the Baraboo News-Republic that the Family Action group was not okay with an endorsement he picked up from the conservative Log Cabin Republicans group, which supports gay rights. He said he did not seek the Log Cabin endorsement, but they called him and he expressed his views then.

Kirsch says churches have the right to decide who can get married. He also believes the state should have the right to regulate marriage instead of the courts.

Wisconsin's gay marriage ban is now in the hands of a federal appeals court, and perhaps eventually the U.S. Supreme Court.

Kirsch is running against Democrat Dave Considine in November for the Assembly seat being given by Baraboo Democrat Fred Clark.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)