Paul Ryan's Hometown Likes Gay Rights More Than He Does

The Atlantic Wire
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November 14, 2012

Janesville, Wisconsin ... that sounds familiar right? It’s the hometown of the Republican VP hopeful Paul Ryan who, among other things, really, really doesn’t like gay rights. Well, last night Ryan’s hometown voted overwhelmingly to give domestic partnership benefits to city employees. The city council vote wasn’t even close: 6-1 according to Fair Wisconsin, a gay rights advocacy group in the state.

Janesville is where Ryan was born, raised, and currently lives. And, as CBS News’s Rebecca Kaplan noted, Ryan liked to mention Janesville on the campaign trail to get across his hometown values. “It’s not a unique story, it’s the American story, and the reason our family came and the reason everyone else’s family came here is because of what this country stands for,” Ryan said of Janesville back in August.