A Refresher on Paul Ryan’s Anti-LGBT Track Record
October 11, 2012 by HRC staff
Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications
Vice President Joe Biden and GOP VP nominee Paul Ryan square off in Kentucky in a few hours, and it’s worth taking a look at Ryan’s anti-LGBT track record before tonight’s debate gets underway.
In the House, Paul Ryan voted against hate crimes protections for LGBT people twice. He does not support marriage equality – in fact, he has twice supported the Federal Marriage Amendment that would ban loving, committed same-sex couples from marrying, and he supported a similar constitutional amendment in his home state of Wisconsin. Ryan does not support LGBT families – he voted in favor of banning gay and lesbian couples from adopting in the nation’s capital. He also voted against repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
Learn more about Paul Ryan’s anti-LGBT votes via HRC’s Congressional Scorecards.
Joe Biden, on the other hand, has been a leading voice for equality. In May, he publicly declared his support for marriage equality. And while appearing at an event in Massachusetts this past summer, Biden said of LGBT people:
If I had to use one adjective to describe this community it'd be courage. You have summoned the courage to speak out, to come out. We owe you.
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