You might have seen the recent comments from Scott Walker regarding the recent news that Scouts would be lifting the ban on gay adults as leaders. Well, after some backlash he has clarified his comments.
In case you missed it, Scott essentially said that he supported the ban because it “protected children”. Naturally, this did not go down well, and Scott has since said that he didn’t mean that children needed “physical protection” from gay scout leaders, but rather needed protecting from the debate itself.
“I have had a lifelong commitment to the Scouts and support the previous membership policy because it protected children and advanced Scout values. The protection was not a physical protection” he said, stating that instead it was about “protecting them from being involved in the very thing you’re talking about right now, the political and media discussion about it, instead of just focusing on what Scouts is about, which is about camping and citizenship and things of that nature.”
Scott Walker is currently competing against 14 other Republican candidates in running for President, and taking positions that are popular with both conversative and evangelical votes has become a key part of his strategy. He has been especially firm on his support for allowing individual states to define marriage as “one man and one woman”.
As I mentioned earlier, his initial comments have not gone down well, and probably lead to this second statement from him. Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, had this to say about Scott’s comments: “Scott Walker’s suggestion that the Boy Scouts of America’s current discriminatory policy somehow ‘protects’ children from gay adults is offensive, outrageous and absolutely unacceptable. His comments imply that we represent a threat to the safety and well-being of young people. For a sitting governor and presidential candidate to make such a disgraceful claim is unconscionable.”