Not surprisingly, Paul Ryan–the Wisconsin nightmare chosen by Mitt Romney as his wannabe Vice President–is not the type who’ll have a float in a Gay pride parade.
Paul Schindler‘s piece in Gay City News details the congressman’s awful track record when it comes to LGBT rights.
According to the article:
The HRC has found only one instance where Ryan took a pro-gay stance.
In 2007, he voted for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. But after the Repubs unsuccessfully tried to shelve the bill after passage, he voted to kill the bill they’d just voted for moments before!
Ryan voted against hate crimes protections, which fortunately became law anyway.
He did not support the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, which fortunately got repealed anyway.
He voted to forbid funding of syringe exchange programs, which would have reduced HIV transmissions.
He’s against gay marriage and the right of gay couples to adopt.
And on a separate topic, he’s an opponent of a woman’s right to choose.
And then there are the budget issues!
Here’s the official Obama campaign reaction to the choice of Ryan as a VP candidate:
“Mitt Romney has chosen a leader of the House Republicans who shares his commitment to the flawed theory that new budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthy, while placing greater burdens on the middle class and seniors, will somehow deliver a stronger economy.
“The architect of the radical Republican House budget, Ryan, like Romney, proposed an additional $250,000 tax cut for millionaires, and deep cuts in education from Head Start to college aid.
“His plan also would end Medicare as we know it by turning it into a voucher system, shifting thousands of dollars in health care costs to seniors.
“As a member of Congress, Ryan rubber-stamped the reckless Bush economic policies that exploded our deficit and crashed our economy.
“Now the Romney-Ryan ticket would take us back by repeating the same, catastrophic mistakes.”
Even the self-loathing gay Republicans should be thinking twice right now.
But that’s a lot to ask, since even thinking once doesn’t seem to be one of their strong suits.
And sure enough, the Log Cabin Republicans have endorsed Ryan as a terrific candidate! Heil!