Gov. Scott Walker said on Wednesday that he doesn’t think children need to be protected from gay scoutmasters — he thinks they need to be protected from the debate surrounding the ban on gay scoutmasters. Obviously!

In an interview one day earlier, Walker said he supported the “previous membership policy” (read: ban on gay leaders) because “it protected children and advanced Scout values.” He then clarified his remark in a press conference this afternoon:

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“The protection was not a physical protection,” he said. Instead, the ban 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.”

I don’t know why he is trying to play it cool on this one issue, since he is a hardcore bigot conservative on all others related to gender and sexuality. The New York Times reports:

Staking out increasingly conservative positions has emerged as a key part of Mr. Walker’s strategy to compete for votes against the 14 other Republicans running for president. He has been vocal in his opposition to same-sex marriage and his support for amending the United States Constitution to allow states to define marriage as between a man and a woman.

Scott, you’re afraid of gay people! Own it! Be true to yourself!


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