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What do you think about Paul Ryan's change of heart on gay adoption?

Posted by on May. 3, 2013 at 1:57 PM
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Paul Ryan Supports Gay Adoption Now Because It’s Stupid to Oppose It

by Adriana Velez

paul ryanWell I never thought I'd see this day. Former Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan has done a 180 on gay adoption! Back in 1999/2000 he voted against allowing gay couples to adopt children. But in a recent town hall-style meeting, he admitted he'd changed his mind. "Adoption, I'd vote differently these days."

Now before we throw a rainbow parade for Ryan, in the same breath, he restated his position that marriage should be between a man and a woman. But with the walls of homophobia crashing down around us, it's getting more politically unpopular to take a hard line against gay rights. And for politicians like Ryan, an easy first step out of the Pliocene Era is to talk about how gay rights affect children.

Here's how Ryan justified his position:

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.

High-five, Ryan! Thanks for having compassion for the kids. Now ... maybe someday you could find it in your heart to have compassion for their parents, too. After all, making gay marriage legal will benefit those adopted kids even more.

Family leave policy: Domestic partners aren't protected by the same family leave laws that married couples are. What about if your kids get severely ill? What if your partner does?

Inheritance laws: Say one partner dies suddenly without a will. Making sure the remaining partner and children are taken care of is that much harder.

Separations: Sad but true, even gay couples split up. But if you're not married to begin with, sorting out custody can get even harder.

It's all about the kids, you guys! But hey, people like Paul Ryan will get there. This is just the thin edge of the wedge. He can't come out all gay guns a-blazing. He'll always be a step or two behind his constituents, because that's real leadership. (Wink.)

What do you think about Paul Ryan's change of heart?

by on May. 3, 2013 at 1:57 PM
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gludwig2000
by Gina on May. 3, 2013 at 5:20 PM
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Everyone is entitled to change their minds. Politicians, however, warrant watching when they do change their minds about such an issue, simply because we know how Politicians are. I hope he is sincere about this change.
JoJoBean8
by Silver Member on May. 3, 2013 at 8:48 PM

We all grow and change.

miss_maya
by Member on May. 3, 2013 at 10:50 PM


Quoting gludwig2000:

Everyone is entitled to change their minds. Politicians, however, warrant watching when they do change their minds about such an issue, simply because we know how Politicians are. I hope he is sincere about this change.

Precisely my thoughts as well. Politicians spend too much time trying to match the polls instead of trying to change the polls.  Skepticism is warranted for pretty much any of them....

I often like what Paul Ryan says.  I just wish his votes would line up with his rhetoric!  I have very little trust for him.  He is a brilliant politician.  That's not a compliment....

JanuaryBaby06
by on May. 3, 2013 at 11:04 PM

It's the current political/social climate.... everyone seems to be taking a mad dash in that direction these days. Politicans as a whole just pretty much say and do what they think people want to hear and see.

Kim370
by Member on May. 4, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Paul who?

kcangel63
by Amanda on May. 4, 2013 at 7:16 PM
I hate to say it, but it makes me wonder what he's planning. Generally speaking, when a politician publicly changes their position on something, it is for a reason.
Stefono
by Member on May. 5, 2013 at 11:11 AM

 

Quoting gludwig2000:

Everyone is entitled to change their minds. Politicians, however, warrant watching when they do change their minds about such an issue, simply because we know how Politicians are. I hope he is sincere about this change.

 I AGREE.big smile mini

Stefono
by Member on May. 5, 2013 at 11:13 AM

 In all fairness, I have changed my mind on many issues / things since 1999/ 2000 too.' bow down

PamR
by Platinum Member on May. 5, 2013 at 12:44 PM

I think he's a politician.

JakeandEmmasMom
by Gold Member on May. 6, 2013 at 8:43 AM

 People's opinions evolve.

What I think is interesting about it is that for such a high-profile conservative to take this position, it tells us how unpopular it is to be against gay rights. 

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