Paul Ryan says now he’d vote for same-sex adoption rights, but not marriage equality

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Paul Ryan, former republican vice presidential candidate, admitted that he regrets voting against same-sex adoption. If he could go back in time and do it over again he would vote in favor of the bill. 

“I’d vote differently these days…I do believe that if there are children who are orphans who do not have a loving person or couple I think if a person wants to love and raise a child they ought to be able to do that. Period. I would vote that way,” Ryan said in a public address in Wisconsin. 

However, he still opposes marriage equality and doesn’t see the important connection between marriage and adoption rights. Gay or straight, people are fighting for marriage equality, not only to signify love and commitment, but also for the substantial legal and financial protections and benefits marriage provides for families. 

“I do believe that marriage is between a man and woman, we just have to respectfully disagree on that issue,” Ryan said to the audience at Wisconsin’s City Hall. 

“I’ve always supported things like civil unions, where you ought to be granted certain legal privileges to be able to have benefits whether its estate planning, or visitation or things like that, but I’ve always believed that in society, there ought to be a high value placed upon marriage as between a man and a woman,” Ryan concluded. 

An audience member asked Ryan if he would support the passage of the Employer Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill that extends anti-discrimination laws to protect sexual and gender minorities. 

Ryan answered that in 2007 he voted in favor of the watered-down version of ENDA which only prohibited discrimination against sexual orientation but did not include gender identity. 

“What do you mean when you say gender identity? …Oh! Transgender, I’d have to take a look at that, transgender was not in the version of ENDA that I supported…I’m not going to knee-jerk based on something I haven’t read,” Ryan said. 

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