Former GOP Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan is backtracking on a vote he made over 10 years ago against gay couples’ right to adopt children.
According to Think Progress, Rep. Ryan said at a town hall meeting in Wisconsin that he regrets voting against giving gay couples in Washington D.C. the right to adopt children.
He said at the town hall meeting on April 29 that now thinks that gay couples are able to be loving parents.
“Adoption, I’d vote differently these days,” he said as quoted by TP. “That was, I think, a vote I took in my first term, 2000 or 1999. 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. I do believe marriage is between a man and a woman, we just respectfully disagree with each other on that issue.”
USA Today remarks that during the 2012 campaign trail, Republican nominee Mitt Romney expressed support for gay adoption but Ryan remained silent on the issue.
Ryan also said he would vote in favor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would make it illegal for companies to discriminate against sexual orientation and gender identity.
On gay marriage, however, he still maintained that he believes “marriage is between a man and a woman. We just respectfully disagree on the issue.”