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Paul Ryan promises Focus on the Family that he will fight gay equality

BRIAN TASHMAN | Right Wing Watch
Wednesday, October 3, 2012

During an interview with Focus on the Family president Jim Daly, Paul Ryan reassured the anti-gay group that a Romney-Ryan administration will fiercely oppose gay rights. Focus on the Family and its founder James Dobson have a long history of promoting anti-gay policies and ex-gay therapy, and earned a shout-out from Romney earlier this week while campaigning in Colorado, where it is headquartered.

While Romney has moved in his career from backing gay rights to becoming a vocal foe, Ryan has a solidly anti-gay voting record in Congress.

Paul Ryan

Ryan told Daly, whose political arm has been spending money on behalf of Romney and a number of other Republican candidates like Todd Akin, that the ticket is firmly against same-sex marriage and that he was a “big supporter” of a 2006 amendment which enshrined marriage discrimination into the Wisconsin state constitution.

He also said the Obama administration’s decision not to defend the unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act hurt the “rule of law” and “contradicts our system of government,” however, a number of presidents including George W. Bush have not defended statutes they deemed unconstitutional.

Listen:

Daly: Focus on the Family has been behind the scenes working for years to defend marriage and to speak out for marriage and the importance of marriage. I think thirty-two out of thirty-two states where we have helped put a ballot initiative or some other mechanism in front of the people, we have won that thirty-two out of thirty-two times. It seems like when it’s in front of the people they vote for it, if it’s the state-level judges they will try to do it by fiat or if it is simply some other mechanism, the State House passes it without the vote of the people. For the Romney-Ryan ticket, when you look at marriage, what do we need to do in the culture to lift up and strengthen the very core building block of society and that’s family.

Ryan: 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.

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47 more reader comments:

  1. You will be happeir when you come out of the closet, you idiot.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 6:05pm
  2. LMFGAYAO

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 6:06pm
  3. Liaaaarrrrr

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 6:06pm
  4. These idiots don’t get it. They are the modern day KKK. I just hoped live long enough to watch them become the scourge of the earth that we know them to be.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 6:07pm
  5. WOW

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 6:09pm
  6. It’s stupid people like this that make some gays stay in the closet. scared to be themselves. People shouldn’t judge something they know nothing about.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 6:12pm
  7. This isn’t news people, these candidates are very republican, very Christian & very right…..

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 6:12pm
  8. why dont these people spend time on controlling themselves. why not make marriage against the law. and leave our rights alone.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 6:13pm
  9. Idiot

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 6:13pm
  10. I’m gay and I’m proud of it…what pisses me off is that my own country uk recognizes my marriage but USA doesn’t and why is that…coz idiots like this block things like this. It rips family’s apart…sickening

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 6:15pm
  11. Douche

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 6:16pm
  12. He’s so gay. As if…….

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 6:17pm
  13. romney and ryan are idiots they have no idea what it means to be human

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 6:17pm
  14. They are trying to lose this election. They are being so obvious about it. No one who had a genuine desire to win would say all the things that they have. Both sides are the same and they want to make sure Obama stays in office.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 6:17pm
  15. Then he is the wrong choice for VP. The US constitution states “EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL!” so that includes gays as well. Elected officials are there for ALL people and not themselves or their own personal beliefs.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 6:17pm
  16. They will not force us
    They will stop degrading us
    They will not control us
    We will be victorious

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 6:17pm
  17. And I hope his brakes failed at over 100 mph.. Fucking twat waffle..

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 6:18pm
  18. If he was really about family his dumb ignorant ass would realize family includes more than just a male and female couple…..moron.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 6:19pm
  19. Nasty pig

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 6:19pm
  20. dumb fuck

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 6:24pm
  21. I guess he’s jealous because he’s not happy with his lifestyle.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 6:24pm
  22. so, we have a vice presidential candidate who admits he will fight openly against the judicial equality of a segment of its citizens working with a private corporation to do it. speaks volumes. i am sure that the great numbers of people who are both misreading and misquoting objectivist texts are just piddling themselves, so say nothing of high level catholics.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 6:25pm
  23. Can you spell idiot?

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 6:25pm
  24. what a fucktard

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 6:31pm
  25. Boo Ryan for supporting such a hate based organization. Not that I am supprised. Focus on the family has to know that what they stand for is a loosing battle. As the younger generations are more favorable to LGBTQ rights it is inevitable that gay marriage and equal rights for everyone will happen in the near future. Already over 64% of America favors gay marriage and the percentage in favor is going up faster than ever before. Ryan Romney have no chance.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 6:33pm
  26. bigot!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 6:34pm
  27. Fuckwad

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 6:38pm
  28. I would feel bad for these haters kids if any of them come out as homosexual.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 6:40pm
  29. It will be a sad sad day if these two flaming idiots get in office. There sleeping together in the closet.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 6:41pm
  30. Another “Christian” bigot.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 6:50pm
  31. I’d do him…

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 7:03pm
  32. The bigoted, right wing conservative way of things is dying. Like a dying animal, they’re fighting even harder than ever in their final death throws, because they sense the end is near.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 7:06pm
  33. what a fkn doche bag this tool is

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 7:10pm
  34. slime ball bitot

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 7:11pm
  35. What fucktard

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 7:17pm
  36. WHAT THE FUCK EVER!!!! RELIGON SHOULD NOT BE STICKING ITS NOSE IN THIS!!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 7:24pm
  37. Fuck off, Paul Ryan. Just go home.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 7:29pm
  38. Why are the conservatives pandering to these extremists? The Republican party has become way tooooooo extreme!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 7:41pm
  39. Paul Ryan promises to be a bigoted prick

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 7:43pm
  40. He continues to support what I believe are hate groups

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 7:51pm
  41. just looking at his vile face makes me want to vomit…

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 10:07pm
  42. Hope he comes out real homophobic in the VP debate, so much that he looks like a total idiot. That will push the gay Republicans, parents and friends of gays who tend toward conservative and borderliners over the line to Obama. They all need to ask themselves, “If Romney were to die in office, would they really want this homophobic nut case to be President.” I mean he is up there with Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 10:10pm
  43. They already look like idiots.

    Posted on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 12:28am
  44. Only to remove focus from financial shit he can’t understand.

    Posted on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 6:44am
  45. Romney, Ryan…BIGOTS. Focus on the Family….Judgmental!!

    Posted on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 8:01am
  46. They should have their rights taken away and see how they like it. Disgraceful!

    Posted on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 8:04am
  47. What happened to the separation of church and state. Politicians shouldn’t be allowed to push there ridiculous religious views on there country. No I’m not gay. But I firmly believe in gay rights and that every human being should be treated equally

    Posted on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 10:24am