Paul Ryan Tries To Make Himself Look Reasonable By Supporting Gay Adoption

Why is it when Republicans try to look progressive they always look so retro? Today’s case in point: Rep. Paul Ryan, the self-appointed financial wizard of the GOP and second-place Vice Presidential candidate.

Ryan has now boldly come out in favor of gay adoption–you know, the issue that was a hot topic a decade ago . Ryan voted in 1999 against allowing gay adoption in the District of Columbia, but now he says he’s sorry.

“I’d vote differently these days,” Ryan told a town hall audience in Wisconsin. “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.”

Mighty big of him. Of course, it would have meant a lot more 14 years ago when Ryan could have been ahead of the curve instead of way behind it. And we’re sure that the demographic tsunami about to annihilate the GOP had nothing to do with his change of heart.

The more interesting question is where this leaves Ryan with his church. As a devout Catholic, Ryan has now put himself at odds with the hierarchy, which has followed a scorched-earth policy in opposition of gay adoption.

Just to prove that he’s staying behind the times on the main issue of the day, Ryan reiterated his belief that “marriage is between a man and a woman.” We look forward to him recanting that idea in 2026.

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  • dvlaries

    Does this mean you’re okay with blacks using white folks’ water fountains now too, Paul?

  • Dakotahgeo

    Ryan still reminds me of a severely dehydrated cactus! He has an opinion??!?

  • Cam

    How nice for him! I hear he also is changing his opinion on allowing women to vote.

  • Alan down in Florida

    I’m sure there are plenty of gays he can adopt if he wants to (for a small fee if necessary.

  • DuMaurier

    So….children can have gay parents but the parents can’t be married? He’s suddenly in favor of single parenting? No, that can’t be it….is it that children usually do better if their parents are married but only if the parents are straight, but it gets bad for kids to have married parents when the parents are…? Uh…

    I think Ryan’s notion of “traditional family values” is starting a war with itself. He’s sounding like a computer in an old sci-fi TV show that gets fed data it can’t process and explodes.

  • MK Ultra

    Actually to me, Ryan is just like the mormon church – they’re idiot homophobes but they know public opinion is rapidly changing so they make the MINIMUM effort for PR purposes while still screwing the LGBT community over.

  • 2eo

    @Dakotahgeo: FFS now I can’t not see it. This is the Fex-Ex logo all over again.

    Also stunning observation.

    I don’t think a person like Ryan is capable of rational and critical thinking, and being a mormon and politician he is not capable of honest thoughts and reason in any actual sense. He is a failure, and he will die knowing his ineptness has lost his god a truckload of power.

  • nature boy

    @DuMaurier ROTFL you are right on!

  • ChuckGG

    I am embarrassed for him. Desperate. Pandering. Trying to spin his past illogical statements in order to stay in the ring.

    Really, it is pathetic. It is time to go, Paul. Just go. Don’t look back. We won’t stare.

  • massprince

    ill pretend to be straight if he adopts me.

  • Polaro

    Maybe there is hope for him yet. He is not stupid like many tea baggers. He is truly naive. Perhaps he may yet come around to being a balanced adult yet.

  • D9W

    Paul Ryan is so 1584. Orwellian before his time.

  • manxxxx

    @Polaro: Polaro, sorry; but I have to disagree. He is at least as stupid as many tea bagger. His stupidity has to be acknowledged or else I feel we’d have to go after him for his stupid-ass-condenscending remarks. He may be sort of cute; but, he is definitely among the stupid.

  • tardis

    Yeah, still not getting my vote, Ryan.

  • LadyL

    OMG, LMAO! These comments are wonderful–I have nothing to add, you’ve all said it for me! I love you all! (Thanks for the post, JG, this one was fun!)

  • Caleb in SC

    @2eo: He’s not a Mormon. That was Romney.

  • Geoff B

    As odius as his stand on equality is, this is actually good news or at least a baby step in the right direction. Wether you like the Republicans or not, if we’re going to get the changes we want through the Legislative branch, we’re going to at least need some of them to change their minds and start seeing things our way.

  • Polaro

    @manxxxx: I just don’t get that whole almost too stupid to breath sense from him. I think he lived and lives a spoiled life and has little understanding of how real people have to work to survive. He is out of touch, but not as stupid, and he seems to be able to evolve. Unlikely I will ever vote for him, but I’ll support his evolution.

  • Rock Star

    Anything I say about this man will just be a collection of snarky remarks. When I detest someone because of their track record I don’t forget how he and his partner flip flopped all over the place right up to the last minute trying to squeak one out because they knew they were going down in flames, ahh big time.

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