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Paul Ryan On Marriage Equality: VIDEO

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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.

Gay City News has compiled a neat summary of Rep. Ryan's legislative relationship with gays. He was for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and then against it. He voted against hate crimes legislation. He twice voted for a federal marriage amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. And so on. From Gay City News:

[The Human Rights Campaign] does not issue congressional scorecards until the end of a two-year session, so no rating is available for 2011-2012. In the prior five scorecards, Ryan received four zeroes and one rating of 10 out of 100, for his half-hearted support of ENDA in 2007.

But don't expect Rep. Ryan to trumpet this record on campaign trail. He probably won't talk about the gays unless he's asked. And when he is asked, his answers are wont to be as bland as they are bigoted. Watch Rep. Ryan explaining his position on marriage equality, AFTER THE JUMP ...

 

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  1. Ugh, but he's so good looking!

    Posted by: Al R | Aug 11, 2012 9:35:55 AM


  2. "I don't know why we're spending so much time talking about this." Because you were able to marry the woman you loved. Of course you don't know why. But for those of us who cannot get married, it IS an issue.

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 11, 2012 9:36:43 AM


  3. It's a good news day for Obama supporters! What a delightful way to begin the weekend! Time to get out my dancing shoes.

    Posted by: Tommy Hayes | Aug 11, 2012 10:13:08 AM


  4. There's a rumor that Ryan is bisexual.

    Posted by: jason | Aug 11, 2012 10:18:21 AM


  5. Yay, another rich white guy - Romney pandering to the old face of Amercia...I mean, America.

    Posted by: Otkon | Aug 11, 2012 10:21:15 AM


  6. The whole thing where Ryan came running down the gang blank looked like an episode of The Bachelor.

    Personally I have no respect for Ryan, LGBT issues asside. My mother battled cancer for a number of years and she had a number of problems navigating the mess of Medicare and private insurance. She would write and email Ryan's office about this. All she ever got were form letters thanking her for writing. Toward the end she moved to Madison. The first time she had problems she wrote Represenative Baldwin's office. Within a couple days someone from Tammy's office called her and helped her navigate the mess.

    Ryan used Social Security benefits (from his dead father) to go to college. Now he wants to gut Social Security. Ryan's entire career has been spent in Washington politics and he's never spent any time working in the private sector, except for a couple years when he was a waiter at La Hacienda in DC after Fiengold defeated his boss Bob Kasten.

    Ryan is the embodiment of Rebublican hypocritical politics. He would deny the helping hand of government to the vulnerable, the same hand that helped him. He believes that job of government is not to be of service to the people, and he demonstrates it in how he runs his office. When he was first elected to office his district had three car plants, and now it has none. Like I said, I have no respect for Ryan.

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 11, 2012 10:35:53 AM


  7. @Al R
    I hope you're being sarcastic. You don't really thing Paul Ryan is good-looking do you?
    He's an ugly, grown-up Eddie Munster.

    Posted by: Austin | Aug 11, 2012 10:37:46 AM


  8. Don't judge my sexual preferences, Eddie. Beauty is in the queer eye for the straight guy.

    Posted by: Al R | Aug 11, 2012 11:01:34 AM


  9. Jeffrey Dahmer was good looking, I wouldn't vote for him either. Looks don't matter, that which makes a man a monster comes from the inside not the facade.

    Posted by: Kenneth | Aug 11, 2012 11:25:33 AM


  10. I'm with @AL R, seriously. I've always found Paul Ryan sexy, which, believe me, I find disturbing, since I hate everything he stands for. But if I watch a few more clips like this, I'm sure any physical appeal I see in him will evaporate awfully quickly. Just don't hypnotize me with those cold cold blue eyes, Paul, baby.

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 11, 2012 11:29:18 AM


  11. I mean he is kinda plain-looking. With dopey eyes and a condescending arrogance that comes across in his smirk and clenched jawline. He looks okay in a suit. But otherwise his ideology seeps from every pore and renders anything remotely harmonious about his countenance as moot. Fugly on the inside trumps all.

    Posted by: Otkon | Aug 11, 2012 11:37:02 AM


  12. Stupids! You all always want to distract. And label people as BIGOTS when they are not!
    Obama is the biggest bigot...discriminating against the RIGHT TO LIFE OF UNBORN CHILDREN and protecting WOMEN from the Aboritionist's mercenary and destructive knife! Go Mitt and Paul! I winning ticket...based on common sense, patriotism, respect for life!

    Posted by: Alex | Aug 11, 2012 12:27:00 PM


  13. Ryan's smugness is overwhelmingly annoying.

    Posted by: Andy | Aug 11, 2012 12:53:24 PM


  14. why not just talk about what you'll set your BUDGET at to fight against same-sex marrage

    Posted by: david | Aug 11, 2012 2:42:11 PM


  15. Alex, put down the crackrock. For the guys talking abt how sexy he is, completely beside the point. He's evil and you can tell.

    Posted by: Munro | Aug 11, 2012 3:25:10 PM


  16. Well, Alex, it's a shame that you don't seem to have any common sense.

    Posted by: Logan | Aug 11, 2012 4:26:17 PM


  17. Well, if he's the gay defined "Bigot" that ups his chances with the majority of the country. Anti-gay marriage in a very hot package.
    That's fun.

    Posted by: Josh | Aug 11, 2012 4:48:25 PM


  18. Ryan- "Why do these damned Nxxxxx keep bothering us with their so-called rights?
    THIS IS A DANGEROUS GUY and a very smart choice for repubs to have on the ticket, as he is lively, while Romney is a statue.

    Posted by: Bob | Aug 11, 2012 6:49:21 PM


  19. am I the only 1 concerned that there is a huge awkward because as no 1 wanted to take the question . neither 1 of them was enthusiastic

    Posted by: jjd | Aug 11, 2012 9:16:51 PM


  20. Alex, I'm in favor of protecting and supporting the children who are already here, not the so-called rights of developing fetuses. And what does patriotism have to do with the issue of abortion anyway?

    Posted by: Robert K. | Aug 12, 2012 2:33:34 AM


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  22. @Alex: The main problem I have with abortion/personhood legislation is that it often interferes with religious freedom. I am a Christian who believes that personhood begins/ends with the first/last unaided breath. I have not liked taking a position on the matter because I really agree with St Augustine (5th century bishop) who remarked that he hoped no one would have the gall to define when life began.

    BTW - as a 1st century Jew, Jesus probably believed as I do.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Aug 14, 2012 10:25:01 AM


  23. @Alex: The main problem I have with abortion/personhood legislation is that it often interferes with religious freedom. I am a Christian who believes that personhood begins/ends with the first/last unaided breath. I have not liked taking a position on the matter because I really agree with St Augustine (5th century bishop) who remarked that he hoped no one would have the gall to define when life began.

    BTW - as a 1st century Jew, Jesus probably believed as I do.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Aug 14, 2012 10:25:02 AM


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