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RNC 2012: Ryan praises Romney as ‘defender of marriage’

CHRIS JOHNSON | Washington Blade
Thursday, August 30, 2012

TAMPA, Fla. — Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan devoted a key speech Wednesday evening to attacking the current administration while praising Mitt Romney and his record as a “defender of marriage.”

During his address before the Republican National Convention, Ryan brought up marriage while explaining Republican presidential nominee Romney’s dedication to his faith, saying, “Not only a defender of marriage, he offers an example of marriage at its best.”

Michael Key, Washington Blade

Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Paul Ryan addresses the Republican National Convention.

Although Ryan never explicitly mentioned marriage rights for gay couples in his remarks, Romney’s opposition to marriage equality is well known. In addition to speaking out against same-sex marriage — as well as civil unions — over the course of the Republican primary season, Romney was recently revealed to have donated $10,000 to efforts to pass California’s Proposition 8 in 2008 through a political action committee.

The records of the two candidates on the Republican ticket aligned. Romney backs a U.S. constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage throughout the country; Ryan voted for such an amendment in 2004 and 2006. Similarly, Romney has criticized the Obama administration for no longer defending the Defense of Marriage Act in court while Ryan voted to reaffirm the anti-gay law on the House floor.

But the remarks on marriage were a small portion of a speech largely devoted to blaming President Obama for the economic problems facing the country and saying Romney’s experience as governor of Massachusetts and an entrepreneur at Bain Capital is the medicine needed to cure the nation of its ailments.

Responding to attacks from the Obama campaign depicting Romney as a ruthless venture capitalist who terminated positions and sent jobs overseas, Ryan said Romney helped start companies and restructure failing ones, adding, “By the way, being successful in business – that’s a good thing.”

“Mitt has not only succeeded, but succeeded where others could not,” Ryan said. “He turned around the Olympics at a time when a great institution was collapsing under the weight of bad management, overspending, and corruption – sounds familiar, doesn’t it?”

Ryan, a seven-term member of Congress who chairs the House Budget Committee, also appeared to defend his own record by saying his ticket would “protect and strengthen” Medicare while Obama’s policies — particularly the health care reform law — have threatened it. As a member of House Republican leadership, Ryan has proposed budget plans that would zero out funding for Medicare in favor of vouchers with private companies.

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16 more reader comments:

  1. Wrong side of history … again.

    Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 7:58am
  2. Romney probably defender of ‘one man, many women’ kinda marriage too

    Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 8:00am
  3. He is against? am i reading this right

    Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 8:00am
  4. Well, they still think Marriage is theirs to defend as if it was under attack. Really? People wanting to be treated equally now is an attack? These homophobic Repubs are disgusting and dangerous.

    Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 8:01am
  5. So he’s anti-divorce?

    Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 8:01am
  6. I hate phrases like “defending marriage.” If anyone was really all that serious about defending marriage, they wouldn’t let people get divorced…and they’d probably throw Kim kardashian, Brittany Spears and newt Gingrich in prison for “attacking” poor defenseless marriage.

    Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 8:02am
  7. He’s got that “oh so special, give him a cookie” smile, very convincing. People really need to read the History of Marriage (and the ring) before spouting off about the “Sanctity” of it like “special Ed” from Crank Yankers.

    Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 8:14am
  8. D BAG!

    Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 8:22am
  9. Big time D bag! RNC is just one funny entertainment. Everybody are clown to themselves!!

    Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 9:00am
  10. Unless he is defending it from DIVORCE, I don’t understand what it needs defending *from*? Maybe Newt will help him fight divorce?

    Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 9:20am
  11. Hey guys, you all so surprise me! I’m an Australian and your attitude to same sex marriage is surrorusing. Hopfully your not ga

    Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 10:58am
  12. Obviously a little tyhpo

    Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 11:00am
  13. What is he defending it from “IDIOTS”?!

    Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 11:50am
  14. Ha ha ha! You’re SO funny Paul Ryan. NOT!

    Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 11:59am
  15. Baffoon!

    Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 9:53pm
  16. Ramblings from Mitt Romney…Romney says he will “champion” a constitutional amendment “defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman.” He’s also promised to appoint an attorney general who will “defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA),” a law the Obama administration has stopped backing in court…

    Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 9:57pm