Romney VP pick Paul Ryan’s gay record

Presumed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney chose Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) as his vice presidential running mate.

Here is his record for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues:

  • Voted AGAINST repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell in 2010
  • Voted FOR the Defense of Marriage Act, a Constitutional amendment declaring marriage to be only between a man and a woman in 2004 and 2006
  • Voted FOR the Marriage Protection Act of 2004
  • Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Rated 13% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)

The rest of his record:


  • Voted YES on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion. (May 2011)
  • Voted NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005)
  • Voted YES on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime. (Feb 2004)
  • Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother’s life. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted YES on forbidding human cloning for reproduction & medical research. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES on funding for health providers who don’t provide abortion info. (Sep 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)
  • Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-life stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Prohibit transporting minors across state lines for abortion. (Jan 2008)
  • Bar funding for abortion under federal Obamacare plans. (Jul 2010)
  • Prohibit federal funding for abortion. (May 2011)
  • Congress shall protect life beginning with fertilization. (Jan 2011)
  • Prohibit federal funding to groups like Planned Parenthood. (Jan 2011)
  • Grant the pre-born equal protection under 14th Amendment. (Jan 2007)
Civil Rights
  • Voted YES on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 36% by NAACP, indicating a mixed record on affirmative-action. (Dec 2006)

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  1. The "GOP" just needs to recognize and admit that it is no longer the "GOP". It's now the Tea Party. And any even slightly moderate Republican should alienate that party. It is now owned by millionaires, billionaires, corporations and bigots.
    BTW- I'm not trying to say that every Republican out there is a millionaire, a billionaire, a corporation or a bigot; I'm saying that these are the folks that run the "Grand Ol' Party". Yeah- the "Grand Ol' Party", a term that un-ironically makes me think of another grand ol' klan that used to try to suppress the freedom and dignity of minorities.

  2. this might make the white privileged male gay vote a real challenge for the GOP. Darn.

  3. This guy is opposes everything I strongly believe in… ugh. The rebublican party is becoming more and more of a right winged-liberty suppressing-money pandering party every day…

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