Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan on Monday
reversed course on gay adoption, saying that he regrets a 1999 vote.
During a Wisconsin town hall, Ryan was
asked to explain his long record of voting against gay rights. Ryan
rates a zero percent by the Human
Rights Campaign (HRC) for not co-sponsoring any of the 11 gay
rights-related bills currently before Congress, including the
Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and Uniting American
Families Act (UAFA).
Ryan said he would undo a 1999 vote
against adoption for gay and lesbian couples in the District of
“Adoption, I'd vote differently these
days. That was I think a vote I took in my first term, 1999 or 2000.
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,” he said.
however, went on to add: “I do believe marriage is between a
man and a woman, we just respectfully disagree on that issue.”
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During the 2012 presidential campaign,
Mitt Romney repeatedly stated his opposition to allowing gay couples
to adopt children.