Janesville, Wisconsin — Former Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan, who made a bid for the White House as the running mate of Republican nominee Mitt Romney last year, revealed this week that he now believes that homosexuals should be able to adopt children.
Ryan was speaking at a town hall gathering in Janesville, Wisconsin when he was asked by an attendee about his views about same-sex marriage, the Employer Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and homosexual adoption. While he explained that he remains opposed to same-sex marriage, he advised that his views have changed about permitting children to be adopted by homosexuals.
“Adoption, I’d vote differently these days. That was, I think, a vote I took in my first term, 1999 or 2000,” Ryan said. “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.”
Regarding ENDA, he stated that he believes employers should not be allowed to deny employment or fire someone because of their homosexuality.
“I voted for ENDA in 2009,” he said. “I agree with it; that’s why I voted for it. We’ve had that since 1982 here in Wisconsin. Lee Dreyfus, a Republican governor, signed that into law. So, I do support that. I would vote the same way the last time it came out.”
When asked again about why he doesn’t support homosexual “marriage,” Ryan responded by stating that he rather approves of civil unions.
“I’ve always supported things like civil unions where you ought to be granted certain privileges to have certain legal benefits,” he said, “whether it’s estate planning or benefits or visitation — things like that.”
“But I’ve always believed that in society, there ought to be a high value placed upon marriage between a man and a woman,” Ryan added. “And other contractual relationships, [the] government ought to be able to recognize so people can live together in civil unions and things like that.”
As previously reported, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who ran on the Republican ticket this past November, also expressed last year that he supports homosexual adoption.
“[I]f two people of the same gender want to live together, want to have a loving relationship, or even to adopt a child, in my state, individuals of the same sex were able to adopt children. In my view, that’s something that people have a right to do,” he explained to Neil Cavuto of Fox News last May. “But, to call that ‘marriage’ is something that in my view is a departure from the real meaning of that word.”
Additionally, both Romney and Ryan have spoken favorably for the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, a federal law that barred open homosexuality in the military. Ryan told a television station in Palm Beach, Florida last September that to reinstate the policy would be a “step in the wrong direction.”
“Now that it’s done, we should not reverse it. I think that would be a step in the wrong direction because people have already disclosed themselves,” he told WPJV-TV. “I think this issue is past us. It’s done. And I think we need to move on.”