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HRC: Romney-Ryan ticket out of touch with Americans on LGBT equality

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Human Rights Campaign – the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization – on Saturday denounced presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s selection of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) as his vice-presidential running mate.

Paul Ryan (left) and Mitt Romney

Ryan’s voting record in Congress – and his public remarks – make it clear that he does not support the dignity of LGBT Americans; a matter on which he is out-of-touch with the majority of Americans – even those within the Republican Party, the HRC said, in a statement.

“Paul Ryan does not support LGBT families, and has voted against allowing gay and lesbian couples to adopt. He voted against hate crime protections. He opposed repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and he does not support marriage equality.

“Recent polling shows just how out-of-touch Ryan’s positions on LGBT equality are: support for marriage equality stands at 54 percent nationwide, with those between the ages of 18 – 34 supporting marriage equality by 73 percent; according to a June CNN/ORC International Survey. Nearly 50 percent of Republicans under the age of 35 also support marriage equality, according to an NBC News/WSJ poll.”

“Ryan’s record of voting against fairness, dignity and equality is out of touch with the majority of Americans and a fast growing majority of Republicans,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “LGBT Americans need leadership that will continue to fight for their rights to protect their families, marry the person they love, and enjoy equal protections under the law.”

“Mitt Romney’s record is no better than Ryan’s on matters of LGBT equality. Romney does not support relationship recognition for LGBT people – making him even more conservative on LGBT issues than former President George W. Bush, who supported civil unions while in office.

“Romney views workplace protections for LGBT people as an “unfair burden on employers,” and he does not acknowledge the dignity and respect LGBT families deserve. As a signer of the National Organization for Marriage’s (NOM) “marriage pledge,” Mitt Romney has committed himself to vigorously pursuing a federal marriage amendment – a goal his running mate shares; defending the Defense of Marriage Act; and even setting up a McCarthy-like commission to investigate those who do not support NOM’s anti-LGBT views.

“In the House, 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.’”

More on Paul Ryan’s anti-LGBT votes are available at HRC’s Congressional Scorecards. For more on Mitt Romney’s anti-LGBT positions, click here.

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18 more reader comments:

  1. Dah!!! Ya Think????

    Posted on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 8:03am
  2. LOL… that’s an understatement

    Posted on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 8:04am
  3. well i dont even know who paul ryan is and i still dont like him or his record

    Posted on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 8:09am
  4. I know right! I was like, this is NOT news, this is common sense! Lol.

    Posted on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 8:10am
  5. They are out of touch with reality unless there is a buck in it:)

    Posted on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 8:10am
  6. This was the boost the Obama campaign has been waiting for.

    Posted on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 8:20am
  7. OUT OF TOUCH WITH EVERYBODY BUT THE 1%

    Posted on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 8:21am
  8. Out of touch, period!!

    Posted on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 8:22am
  9. The republicans are getting worse with their representation of the dispicable party. Ya think they would have been more wise after G.W., Palin.

    Posted on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 8:23am
  10. The elitist and the hater and GOProud are on this train? I would say “unbelievable” but I would believe anything those self loathers do.

    Posted on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 8:29am
  11. Took the words right out of my mouth, Jean

    Posted on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 8:49am
  12. They look SO GAY!!

    Posted on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 8:54am
  13. But, he is young and relatively cute with a daughter named Liza he’s SURE to attract the gay vote(sarcasm).

    Posted on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 8:55am
  14. Sorry, their not out of touch, their simply Religious Fascists!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 9:07am
  15. Their both a joke!!!

    Posted on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 9:29am
  16. If they win, we know it’s rigged.

    Posted on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 3:54pm
  17. I really REALLY hope we don’t end up with these hate mongers leading our country…

    Posted on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 5:40pm
  18. I think “HRC: Romney-Ryan ticket out of touch with Americans” would have been a better summery haha. It’s a known fact that they are out of touch with EVERYBODY except people exactly like themselves, white, self centered, and rich. Not to mention a billion other things they are. The security of the election isn’t what we need to worry about, the RR ticket is in a quick downward spiral, it’s what’s going on in congress with voter restrictions and other bills that we need to worry about.

    Posted on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 6:13pm