Paul Ryan Tells ‘Focus on the Family’ He and Romney Will Block Equality for Gay People

Right Wing Watch has posted audio of a pledge from Paul Ryan to Focus on the Family president Jim Daly that the Romney-Ryan administration will fight gay equality.

P_ryanSays Ryan when asked his thoughts about marriage:

It’s the foundation for society and for family for thousands of years. First of all, Mitt Romney and I — I’ll just say it, it’s worth repeating — we believe marriage is between one man and one woman, that’s number one. Number two, you know where I come from we had one of those amendments in Wisconsin, I was a big supporter of it and we passed it like you say, where it’s put on the ballot it passes. The second point is, President Obama gave up defending the Defense of Marriage Act in the courts, I mean, not only is this decision to abandon this law the wrong decision, it passed in a bipartisan manner, it is very troubling because it undermines not only traditional marriage but it contradicts our system of government. It’s not the president’s job to pick and choose which laws he likes. A Romney administration will protect traditional marriage and the rule of law and we will provide the Defense of Marriage Act the proper defense in the courts that it deserves.

Not a surprise, obviously. Just a reminder.


  1. SFshawn says

    He’s just a Matthew Morrison look-a-like except no brain power in that pretty head.
    Not sure if he could be more of an ex-frat boy loser? Pathetic.

  2. says

    And this is why Gay Republicans have a zero % success rate in changing the hearts and minds of their fellow republicans.

    When you make it clear you don’t respect yourselves, and you swallow the disrespect of others like a hungry puppy, you appear like a spineless doormat, and folks will walk all over you.

    romney/ryan – committed to promoting prejudice against the LGBT communities.

  3. i could go on, but I won't says

    Ryan can’t even speak in clear sentences, let alone a paragraph.

    And he is the “intellectual” in Congress???

    (the gay Republicans must feel like worms reading something like that statement by Ryan)

  4. says

    And it’s a timely reminder, Andy.
    We know our values; without equality there is no freedom.

    We will burn these anachronistic bigots as they have done to us.
    And we know who the traitors are who support the Romney/Ryan Grand inquisition, the GOProuds and the other apologists.

    There is no doubt, lose this election, my friends, and we have sold a generation to the intolerable yolk of Alito/Scalia.
    Opus Dei has never had a more powerful public representative than Ryan, it has never come so close to the centre of power.

    We need a landslide in this election, not a close call, a landslide.
    And absolute shame on any gay who does not go out and vote, and a thousand deaths on any gay who votes Republican.

  5. GLAW2014 says

    Actually…since the enforcement of laws fall under the general powers of the Executive branch, the President actually does have discretionary power to determine if a law is constitutional or not. Mr. Ryan, you are not correct in this assertion because the founding fathers have already instituted several mechanisms for checks and balances and if we the people do not like it, we can always make adopt an amendment to the Federal constitution to change it, but good luck getting a Federal marriage amendment pass…it takes almost an act of God to pass. :-)

  6. RyanInWyo (formerly RyanInSacto) says

    Where are our gay-publican friends today? Don’t they want to post here and explain to us how Ryan’s comments are actually *good* for gay people?

    I’m waiting, GOProuders.

  7. reasontovote says

    Ryan needs to go back to Wisconsin. Only this time as a private citizen. Hope that he not only loses VP but also loses being a congressman.

    He just keeps giving good reasons to send him packing. What isn’t he wrong about.

    Hey Paul maybe you can become a personal trainer. Your homies in congress like it when you bark at them.

  8. kp05 says

    “Not a surprise, obviously. Just a reminder.”

    Meh. We don’t need it and the GOProuders’ ears are sore from their instant finger jamming.

    In their little social circles of self-hatred and daddy-obsession they’ve probably uttered things like “Well, it just makes political sense for Ryan to say these kinds of things. We understand.”

    A real reminder, compliments of Dan Savage: You still have a broken *** nose.

  9. Pommie says

    @JHT: Really? Those fools think that he loves us? OMG! why couldn’t their fathers pull out at that crucial time. And see, of all the sperms cells these two won the race. Face palm.

  10. Sam A says

    “We will defend DOMA in the the judges we picked.”
    That sounds fair.

    Also, every time something happens in the legislature or the courts that is unpopular nationally, I hear Republicans decry the violation of the will of the people. So where’s your “will of the people” speech now that most of the population supports overturning DOMA?

  11. mel mastromarino says

    equality shouldn’t be a bill you pass. i don’t understand it.equality is humane,or at least i thought we were. i’ve marched in many
    protests. signed petitions.but we can’t give up.i grew up in a racist and gay hating republican family.we need to break the cycle.
    if not for us for our children and others.

  12. Rich says

    Article II Section 1:

    Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:–“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

    I think that pretty well covers the President’s refusal to execute unconstitutional statutes.

  13. Michael in Toronto says

    I have admit i: I find it hard to loathe him, even though he definitely is loathsome, because I find him so damn sexy, in a perverse way. That’s terrible, I know. Could I really be that shallow? “Be gone, handsome devil, be gone! Enough with your evil blue-eyed sorcery!”

  14. says

    @ Michael in Toronto.

    Reply from JFT in Dublin:

    Are you serious ?
    Ryan, in the immortal words of an English politician, “has something of the night about him.”

    That about sums up Ryan ;there is definitely another agenda going on……and I am totally convinced that the agenda is that of Opus Dei.

  15. PAUL B. says

    @JackTwist…you’re absolutely right in every way. Personally, I find that it’s very comfortable coming to Towleroad and I enjoy reading the thoughts of my gay brothers & sisters. It’s warm & fuzzy here.
    Unfortunately, it accomplishes very little. When are we going to take this to another level? The courts eventually will work for us…yes. But, I’ll be dead & gone by then.
    We need one gay lunatic…or ten thousand bitchy pissed off queens on the streets…to bring it to a screeching halt. Where do I sign up?

  16. Tina says

    If one were to construct an amendment to the Constitution based on a literal reading of the Bible it might well contain the following stipulations:

    1. Marriage in the United States shall consist of a union between one man and one or more women. (Gen 29:17-28; II Sam 3:2-5)

    2. Marriage shall not impede a man’s right to take concubines, in addition to his wife or wives. (II Sam 5:13; I Kings 11:3; II Chron 11:21)

    3. A marriage shall be considered valid only if the wife is a virgin. If the wife is not a virgin, she shall be executed. (Deut 22:13-21)

    4. Marriage of a believer and a non-believer shall be forbidden. (Gen 24:3; Num 25:1-9; Ezra 9:12; Neh 10:30)

    5. Since marriage is for life, neither this Constitution nor the constitution of any State, nor any state or federal law, shall be construed to permit divorce. (Deut 22:19; Mark 10:9)

    6. If a married man dies without children, his brother shall marry the widow. If he refuses to marry his brother’s widow or deliberately does not give her children, he shall pay a fine of one shoe, and be otherwise punished in a manner to be determined by law. (Gen. 38:6-10; Deut 25:5-10)

    7. In lieu of marriage, if there are no acceptable men in your town, it is required that you get your dad drunk and have sex with him (even if he had previously offered you up as a sex toy to men young and old), tag-teaming with any sisters you may have. Of course, this rule applies only if you are female. (Gen 19:31-36)

    Perhaps a more contemporary standard measures up better against the ancient near eastern tradition than one might have expected.

  17. says

    I really like him on The Munsters, where he played Eddie… but Mr. Ryan doesn’t seem to understand the the President’s job is to “uphold the U.S. Constitution”. You see, DOMA is unconstitutional, in that it’s contradictory to the Equal Protection clause. President Obama is actually DOING HIS JOB by not defending such a blatantly discriminatory law. This will go to the Supreme Court where it will be struck down. If Mr. Ryan cannot seem to grasp the BASICS of our Constitution, then he has absolutely NO BUSINESS running for office.

  18. thom says

    Please. He is a toad. He is pandering to the worst level of our society. They will lose (Mittens and Paulie) and their constiuents will cry “foul!” …Hetero marriages are really the ones in trouble and he knows it..the divorce rate is staggering…and WE are the ones who are tearing it apart?…Double “Pullleeeazzze”
    Go away trolls…..shoo!.. Go party with Bachmann and her nelly husband. Idiots.

  19. sun protection factor 25 says

    In addition to being inherently repugnant, his comments are very, very short-sighted if he has longer-term political aspirations (as, say, Sarah Palin once had). Opinions on marriage equality continue to change rapidly. And they are only changing in one direction. His current views, which will part of his permanent record, will be poison in 2016.

    But, on the bright side, maybe after 4 years’ training, Ryan can get his marathon time down to under 2 hours.

  20. James says

    Ah, yes, Mitt believes that traditional marriage is between one man and one woman. Except when he thinks with his religious brain, the it is one man and many women. Ah, the duplicity and obfuscation of the right-wing who must pander to the mutants who voe for them.

  21. mike/ says

    why do these f*****s deny the number of times marriage has changed over the centuries? the most current anthropological & archeological research shows that monogamy is relativity new given the millennia of man’s existence. AND how do they explain away the hundreds of wives & concubines their revered David & Solomon had? their Jesus didn’t been say you could have only one wife. Just that you couldn’t divorce…

  22. MaddM@ says

    Someone should ask Mr Fiscal Responsibility how much $$ is wasted by the justice department fighting in courts about laws that while may have been popular at the time are actually unconstitutional (ie DOMA). In a twist of irony, I can see the argument for the type of libertarianism that this guy is supposed to espouse – it would be awesome if the government said “hey, let’s trim a bunch of fat by not paying lawyers to battle out junk laws.”

    Too bad the republican party has been overtaken by the religious right- it made a devil’s bargain in making fundamentalist christians more politically minded. They won a large organized voting bloc that can be coaxed to the polls with cries of moral outrage, but now the demands are becoming contradictory to the old more libertarian in general republican party. I think those libertarians are going to end up voting for Ron Paul or staying home, which will be a big benefit for Obama

  23. walter says

    ok goproud and lcr are finally catching on the repuks really do hate and plan on taking away civil right you have gained. is money that important that you will settle to be a second class citizen


  24. Robert K. says

    As has been noted today and in previous columns, it’s been rumored that Ryan is gay or bisexual. I just hope that some brave D.C. hustler will expose Ryan for what he is, a self-loathing gay man who attacks other gays in order to gain power for himself.

  25. says

    What they believe doesn’t matter. Everyone has the right to believe in their own religion, and no position of power gives him the right to change that. If he doesn’t comprehend that, I forsee him and the president impeached, imprisoned, and/or worse before the end of their first year in office.

  26. andrew says

    Is Ryan talking about the same Mitt Romney who, not too many years ago, told the people of Mass. that he would be a better friend to gays in the Senate than Sen Ted Kennedy, who just happened to be the leading champion of gay rights in the U.S.Senate?

  27. Diogenes Arktos says

    @Andrew: Are you truly surprised that Romney flip-flops over several years? He can’t even keep consistent on a policy within a few weeks without flip-flopping. Worse, just listen to his campaign team who within hours will explain away something problematic.

  28. says

    I’m STILL trying to see what is so physically attractive about him? He is what I called “average at best”, he features are proportional but that doesn’t equate to attractive or even sexy.

    Oh yeah, that is why the dumb yestergays and sadist-bisexuals whom like him are looking for something in decent looking from a group of old and ugly men…

  29. Tyler says

    Ok so none of us like what Romney/Ryan have to say about gay marriage or many other things for that matter but to call these people stupid or mindless is a mistake…it puts people in the mindset that their ilk is not a real threat to us which is absolutely not the case…

  30. Wayne says

    I blame religion for the gap in reason that allows an otherwise rational mind to oppose equality for gays. Gays not supporting Romney/Ryan makes sense. But how well does supporting democrats make either? Obama can SAY he supports equal rights, but what does he really do about it? If gays would support a party dedicated to equality and freedom like Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, we could end this fraudulent two party system that is bankrupting the country.

  31. John says

    How SAD, he is trying to prevent progress just to get elected.
    Mr. Ryan GAYS are not going awaY.

    I predict your COLLEGE BOOTIE BUDDIE will make a lot of money very soon.

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