WI Gov. Scott Walker Thinks Banning Job Discrimination And Marriage Equality Is “A Healthy Balance”

scott_walker_thWisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, yet another Republican who has cast himself as the lead in the musical “The White House 2016,” has a Solomonic response to that messy gay rights issue: Split the baby. In an interview on Bloomberg TV with Al Hunt, Walker was asked about his state’s mix of gay rights laws, which include workplace discrimination protections that date back to 1982. Walker responded with an uncomfortable mix of trying to look reasonable without irritating the party base.

WALKER: In Wisconsin, we’ve had anti-discriminatory laws that are very similar to [ENDA] for more than 30 years and they work quite effectively. We’re also a state that has a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as one man and one woman…

HUNT: So, similar to the Wisconsin bill, the House bill should be something that…

WALKER: Yeah, I mean, we’ve not had problems. We’ve had no problems — I should say, limited problems — with that. At the same time, we still have a constitutional amendment that defines marriage. There’s a healthy balance there.

Just as a reminder, Walker’s idea of a healthy balance includes having tried to overturn the state’s domestic partnership registry because banning marriage itself wasn’t enough. Fortunately for Walker, although Wisconsin is almost entirely surrounded by marriage equality states, the state won’t be tackling marriage equality any time soon. At a minimum that will give Walker’s syntax time to recover next time someone asks him about the issue.