Right-wing group revokes endorsement of Wisconsin candidate

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Ashton Kirsch. — PHOTO: Facebook

A right-wing Wisconsin group has revoked its endorsement of a Republican legislative candidate over his possition on marriage equality.

Wisconsin Family Action's political action committee released a statement recently saying it had revoked its endorsement of Ashton Kirsch in south-central Wisconsin's 81st Assembly District.

The statement said the committee decided Kirsch's views on marriage differ too much from WFA's beliefs.

The group's director, Julaine Appling, declined to elaborate in an interview but pointed to a paragraph in the statement that says WFA believes in one-man, one-woman marriage.

She declined to comment if that meant Kirsch supports gay marriage.

The contact page on Kirsch's website wasn't functioning and no one immediately responded to a message left on his Facebook page.

A message left with the state Republican Party seeking a listing for him wasn't immediately returned.

Wisconsin Family Action unsuccessfully sued to overturn the state's domestic partnership registry and opposes efforts to legalize marriage for same-sex couples. A federal appeals court will hear the state marriage equality case on Aug. 26, when it also hears argument over Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage.