In a recent interview with Focus on the Family president Jim Daly, Paul Ryan reassured the anti-gay group that a Romney-Ryan administration will fiercely oppose gay rights. Mitt Romney also bowed before the group recently, praising its gay-obsessed founder James Dobson while campaigning in Colorado, where FOF is headquartered.
While Romney has flipped from supporting gay rights as governor of Massachusetts to becoming an ardent opponent, Ryan has a solidly anti-gay voting record in Congress, according to rightwingwatch.com.
During his interview with FOF, Ryan bragged to Daly about being a “big supporter” for the 2006 constitutional amendment in Wisconsin that banned both same-sex marriage and civil unions.
Following is some of the dialogue from Daly’s interview with Ryan, as transcribed by Right Wing Watch.
Daly: “Focus on the Family has been behind the scenes working for years to defend marriage and to speak out for marriage and the importance of marriage. I think 32 out of 32 states where we have helped put a ballot initiative or some other mechanism in front of the people, we have won that 32 out of 32 times. It seems like when it’s in front of the people they vote for it, if it’s the state-level judges they will try to do it by fiat or if it is simply some other mechanism, the State House passes it without the vote of the people. 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.”
Ryan: “It’s the foundation for society and for family for thousands of years. 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.”