Walker defends comments about Boy Scouts’ policy on gay leaders

Walker defends comments about Boy Scouts’ policy on gay leaders

Gov. Scott Walker touched on multiple topics on his campaign trip to South Carolina, including the Boy Scouts’ policy prohibiting gay leaders.

Walker, a former Eagle Scout who talked about his experience with the group in his launch speech Monday, told the Independent Journal Review that the change placed young boys at risk, and the policy was for protection.

The Boy Scouts of America decided in 2013 to allow openly gay boys to join its ranks, and on Friday, the group’s leadership voted to permit gay adults to serve alongside straight adults as troop leaders.

“All I pointed out was that the policy was perfectly fine when I was there, and they should be protected from all the political and media controversy,” Walker said Wednesday. “There’s nothing more to it than that. I’m not running for president of the Boy Scouts. Bob Gates handles that.”