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5 Surprisingly Gay-Friendly Acts by Hostile Politicians

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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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11:55AM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

A surprising read and eye opening. Where do these politicians really stand? With their parties or do they actually have opinions of their own that they could be exercising and utilizing to bring about tolerance, acceptance, awareness and more.

11:38AM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

wow

9:00AM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

Thank You

2:43PM PDT on Oct 11, 2012

thanks

8:20AM PDT on Oct 11, 2012

I don't think Arnold was ever gay-unfriendly. I remcalled reading he took part in gay orgies as a bodybuilder, so I did a google search with his name and the words gay and bodybuilder. Here's an exerpt from the first article that came up:

Revealing that his parents both believed he might be gay because his bedroom walls were covered with posters of scantily clad body builders, Austria-born Arnold Schwarzenegger recalled during a 60 Minutes appearance the two tried to cure him in their own ways.

Speaking of his father Gustav, who was the local police chief, Arnold Schwarzenegger said "he ran after me with a belt and beat me." His mother, Aurelia, thankfully took a softer approach, though she still had it in her head something was "wrong" with her son and she could find a way to "cure" him.






2:23AM PDT on Oct 11, 2012

I know that the law of the land is built on the Constitution. But Americans also revere the Declaration of Independence, and it embodies the basis of independence from Britain. The second sentence reads:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that ALL men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS.

What is so hard to understand? It does not say
- except Blacks;
- except Muslims;
- except women;
- except gays;
- except . . . etc.

It says ALL men are created equal, ... that among these are LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS.

The times have changed, but the values have not!

2:14AM PDT on Oct 11, 2012

Politics makes strange bed fellows.

10:43AM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

Thanks.

7:13AM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

politicians' opinions seem to change with the prevailing winds.

11:37PM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

"Mitt Romney once wanted to be an aggressive Gay Rights advocate."

Mitt has been aggressively anything he thought would get him what he wanted. Liberal, moderate, conservative, the right of John Birch... pro life, choice, medical fairness anti life, choice medical fairness.

You name it, he's been for it, against it but he never said that what ever it was.

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