Walker noncommittal on ‘religious freedom’ law for Wisconsin, again talks stance on immigration

By Kay Nolan, March 30, 2015

Gov. Scott Walker today was noncommittal on whether he believes Wisconsin should adopt something similar to Indiana’s “religious freedom” law, saying it’s not something that’s been debated at any length here “but we’ll have to see in the future.”

Indiana’s law, officially the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, has drawn scrutiny in recent weeks with opponents saying it would allow businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians. Some of the law’s backers have disputed that, saying the law was only intended to protect religion from government intrusion.

Asked if businesses should have the option to refuse service to customers, such as gays, based on religious grounds, Walker replied, “Well again, in our state, there’s a balance between wanting to make sure there is not discrimination but at the same time, respecting religious freedoms. We do that different ways than what they’ve done in the state of Indiana, and certainly that’s going to be part of the debate here and across the country.”