Ryan’s Gay Rights Record

Aug 11 2012 @ 1:42pm

by Patrick Appel

Start watching around 1:55 to see Ryan downplay the importance of marriage equality discussions:

Jim Burroway believes Ryan is more extreme than Romney on issues of gay equality:

In 2006, he supported Wisconsin’s constitutional amendment which banned both same-sex marriage and civil unions. He voted against “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal and the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act. He voted for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act five years ago, but he’s withdrawn his support since then. I don’t know Ryans position on gay Boy Scouts. But that looks like our last hope for a possible pro-gay position. I’m not optimistic.

Jay Newton-Small, on the other hand, thinks Ryan is "less conservative on social issues":

Ryan generally avoids social issues like gay rights, a fact that has sometimes gotten him in trouble with conservative activists. In 2007, he voted for a bill that would ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. He explained his vote because he had friends “who didn’t choose to be gay… they were just created that way.” He later lamented that he “took a lot of crap” for that stance.

Brandon K. Thorp passes along the video above as proof that Ryan "probably won't talk about the gays unless he's asked":

Mitt Romney's new running mate doesn't like to talk about LGBT issues. He doesn't go out of his way to talk about any social issues — he's a money man, and he's most comfortable making technobabblish arguments about how middle-class people can benefit from unfettered capitalism. But Rep. Ryan does have his opinions.