2) Paul Ryan Supported the Employment Non-Discrimination Act
Since becoming a prospective VP to Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan has certainly made it a mission to cement his religious conservative credentials. He had no trouble convincing us he was anti-gay, though.
In 2004, he supported a federal amendment against gay marriage, had voted against expanding hate crimes laws, and most recently voted against a repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
Interestingly, though, Ryan in 2007 voted along with 34 other House Republicans for the gay rights employment bill the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill traditionally opposed by religious conservatives.
This vote was used by Republican gay groups to hail Ryan as a progressive on gay causes (despite all the evidence to the contrary).
Sadly, the truth has a habit of undercutting things, and an investigation by several interested parties led to a closer reading of the voting record for that day. As Daily Kos points out, while it is true Ryan did vote to pass the bill, he had just five minutes earlier voted to kill the bill before a proper debate could be had.
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