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Paul Ryan On DOMA: ‘Mitt And I’ Promise To ‘Protect Traditional Marriage’ In Court

by David Badash on October 3, 2012

in DOMA,Marriage,News,Politics

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Paul Ryan told Focus on the Family president Jim Daly that he and Mitt Romney will defend DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, in the courts, and attacked President Obama for not. Ryan promised Daly that he and the Romney administration will work hard to oppose any LGBT equality measures.

Just a week ago, while speaking to supporters at a town hall in Cincinnati, Ohio, Paul Ryan said that preventing same-sex marriage was part of America’s “universal human values.”

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Daly asked Ryan, “For the Romney-Ryan ticket, when you look at marriage, what do we need to do in the culture to lift up and strengthen the very core building block of society and that’s family?”

“It’s the foundation for society and for family for thousands of years,” Ryan agreed. “First of all, Mitt Romney and I — I’ll just say it, it’s worth repeating — we believe marriage is between one man and one woman, that’s number one. Number two, you know where I come from we had one of those amendments in Wisconsin, I was a big supporter of it and we passed it like you say, where it’s put on the ballot it passes.”

“The second point is, President Obama gave up defending the Defense of Marriage Act in the courts, I mean, not only is this decision to abandon this law the wrong decision, it passed in a bipartisan manner, it is very troubling because it undermines not only traditional marriage but it contradicts our system of government. It’s not the president’s job to pick and choose which laws he likes. A Romney administration will protect traditional marriage and the rule of law and we will provide the Defense of Marriage Act the proper defense in the courts that it deserves.”

Brian Tashman at Right Wing Watch, which also has the audio, notes that FoF President Daly “earned a shout-out from Romney earlier this week while campaigning in Colorado, where it is headquartered.”

While Romney has moved in his career from backing gay rights to becoming a vocal foe, Ryan has a solidly anti-gay voting record in Congress. Ryan told Daly, whose political arm has been spending money on behalf of Romney and a number of other Republican candidates like Todd Akin, that the ticket is firmly against same-sex marriage and that he was a “big supporter” of a 2006 amendment which enshrined marriage discrimination into the Wisconsin state constitution. He also said the Obama administration’s decision not to defend the unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act hurt the “rule of law” and “contradicts our system of government,” however, a number of presidents including George W. Bush have not defended statutes they deemed unconstitutional.

For an excellent look at Paul Ryan, please read Max S. Gordon’s “Proud Americans, Be Who You Are.”


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lepidopteryx October 3, 2012 at 5:10 pm

For the umpteenth time, allowing same-sex couples to marry will in no way impede opposite sex couples who wish to marry from doing so. `

Susan J. Elliott October 3, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Traditional marriage includes traditional divorce which usually involves mistreatment, infidelity, spousal abuse, and endless arguing. I can see why they're supporting this.

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