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Paul Ryan’s Long Anti-LGBT Track Record

Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

We’ve spent the last two days comparing President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney’s stances on issues of equality – covering bullying and hate crimes so far – but don’t forget that Romney veep hopeful Paul Ryan is just as anti-LGBT as the top of the ticket.

Take a look at his record in the House of Representatives:

  • Ryan voted against hate crimes protections for LGBT people twice;
  • Ryan 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 voted in favor of banning gay and lesbian couples from adopting in the nation’s capital; and
  • Ryan voted against repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Ryan also has spoken out against marriage equality for loving, committed couples while on the campaign trail this cycle, recently saying:

Traditional marriage and family and entrepreneurship – these aren’t values that are indicative to any one person or race or creed or color. These are American values. These are universal human values. And so what Mitt and I are offering is an agenda of prosperity for everybody to have a chance....

On the other hand, the man currently holding the job Ryan so badly wants – Vice President Joe Biden – is an outspoken advocate for equality. More importantly, he has regularly recognized not only the struggles our community faces, but that we are worthy of dignity and respect. At an event in Massachusetts earlier this summer, Biden remarked:

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.

The stakes for our community in this election are clear. Visit www.hrc.org/election to learn more and get involved.

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