Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who is facing a competitive re-election and is considered a possible candidate to run for president in 2016, shared some thoughts on his state’s ban on marriage equality during a recent interview.
According to The Raw Story, Walker argued recently that a ban on marriage equality was part of a “healthy balance” of rights for LGBT people if other anti-discrimination laws were in place.
During an interview with Bloomberg TV, Walker was asked if the U.S. House should follow the Senate and pass a bill banning discrimination against LGBT people. The governor noted that he had not looked at the Senate measure barring workplace discrimination, but said his state had similar laws in place for quite a while.
“They’ve worked quite effectively,” Walker stated. “We’re also a state that has a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as one man, one woman.
“We’ve had no problems … limited problems with that. At the same time, we have a constitutional amendment that defines marriage.
“There’s a healthy balance there.”
The governor was also asked about same-sex marriage on Friday during his book tour, according to Politico.
Walker said he supported Wisconsin’s 2006 constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. But since the issue has been settled — and because as governor he lacks authority to make changes to the state’s current policy — Walker said simply that “there hasn’t been a lot of debate about it since then.”
“For me, it’s simple,” Walker stated. “It’s not that I’m hiding some secret agenda; just as governor, [same-sex marriage] is not a focal point in my state.”
Walker has been promoting his new book, “Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge.”