Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan reiterated his well-known opposition to marriage for same-sex couples in Cincinnati today. As ThinkProgress noted of this CNN clip, Ryan responded to an audience member’s question by declaring, “The things you talk about like traditional marriage and family and entrepreneurship...these aren’t values that are indicative to any one person or race or creed or color.” Ryan, who is also adamantly anti-abortion, then went on to note, “These are American values, these are universal human values.” The Wisconsin congressman’s statement, however blunt it may be, should come as little surprise to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates. As The New Civil Rights Movement points out, Ryan currently has a zero percent rating from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and a mere 13 percent rating from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Ryan’s marriage equality statement follows a less rigid stance on the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” which recently marked its one-year anniversary. Though Ryan voted in 2010—along with most Republicans and several Democrats—against the repeal of the policy that prohibited gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military, he said re-instating it would be a mistake.
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