January 4, 2013

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) claimed Thursday that he still supports extending nondiscrimination protections, but it’s unclear who in the LGBT community he’s willing to protect. ThinkProgress spoke with the former Republican vice presidential candidate on Capitol Hill about the prospects for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill that makes it illegal to discriminate against workers because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The legislation has been mired in Congress for decades because of Republican opposition, though Ryan voted for a weaker version of the bill in 2007 that only protected sexual orientation. Ryan reiterated his support for ENDA on Thursday, but was at a loss when trying to explain why most of his Republican colleagues don’t support the legislation. “I don’t know the answer to the question,” said the Wisconsin congressman.

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