Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Paul Ryan on LGBT issues: his positions and equality
quotes in 2012. Ryan accentuates Mitt Romney's anti-equality rating.
OPPOSES EQUALITY GOAL: HATE CRIMES
Paul Ryan voted against the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act which was passed by Republican and Democratic members of Congress and signed into law by President Obama on October 28, 2009.
PARTIAL SUPPORT OF EQUALITY GOAL: NON DISCRIMINATION AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL
Paul Ryan voted for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) when it was last put for a vote in the House in 2007, a time when ENDA did not include coverage for gender identity. He was one of 35 Republicans to vote in favor of it.
Note that Mitt Romney opposes ENDA at the federal level.
vote for ENDA was only for employment non-discrimination based on sexual orientation. He has not indicated his support for full non-discrimination in employment, housing, financing, and public accommodations including sexual orientation and gender identity.
OPPOSES EQUALITY GOAL: MILITARY --- REPEAL DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL*
Paul Ryan voted against the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell which was passed by Republican and Democratic members of the House and Senate and signed into law by President Obama on December 22, 2010.
OPPOSES EQUALITY GOAL: MARRIAGE EQUALITY
Like Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan has been a strong opponent of marriage equality and even civil unions. He was very outspoken in his support of the Wisconsin constitutional amendment that defined marriage between a man and a woman and even forbade civil unions.
On Meet The Press (Feb. 19, 2011), he reconfirmed that he supports the Wisconsin Constitutional Amendment that defined marriage between one man and one woman.
Paul Ryan twice voted in favor of the Federal Marriage Amendment in the House, in 2004 and 2006. He also voted in favor of the Marriage Protection Act of 2004. All of these votes were in opposition to moderate Republicans and Democrats.
UNKNOWN SUPPORT FOR EQUALITY GOAL: FREEDOM OF GENDER
There is no public mention of his support or opposition for other
transgender-related goals such as birth certificates, driver's license,
etc. As such, he is a member of and supports the Republican Party which has consistently opposed transgender rights.
UNKNOWN SUPPORT FOR EQUALITY GOAL: PROTECTING YOUTH
Paul Ryan's positions on Protecting Youth are unknown. It is known, however, that like Mitt Romney he did not create a video for the It Gets Better project. President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, members of his administration and thousands of others have create videos in support of LGBT youth.
EQUALITY GOAL: SAME SEX PARENTING RIGHTS
Paul Ryan voted in 1999 in favor of banning gay adoptions in the District of Columbia. No other positions of his on same gender parenting rights is known; however, the Republican Party has always opposed same sex adoptions.
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