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A Refresher on Paul Ryan’s Anti-LGBT Track Record

Paul RyanPost 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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