MADISON, Wis.—The Republican candidate for Wisconsin lieutenant governor is apologizing for suggesting that extending domestic partner benefits to gay state employees could lead to approving marriage to dogs or furniture.
In a January interview with a Christian radio station, Rebecca Kleefisch (KLAY-'fish) asked "at what point are we going to OK marrying inanimate objects? Can I marry this table, or this, you know, clock? Can we marry dogs?"
Kleefisch issued a Thursday statement apologizing. She says she only meant to express concern with redefining marriage.
Kleefisch won the Republican primary for lieutenant governor Sept. 14, and automatically was paired with GOP gubernatorial nominee Scott Walker.
Spokeswoman Jill Bader says Walker is glad Kleefisch apologized.