Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has announced the selection of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate. The 42-year-old anti-gay congressman is a rockstar in the Republican Party and a favorite of conservatives and the Tea Party.
Ryan chairs the House Budget Committee. Ryan's proposed 2012 budget would have abolished corporate taxes and privatized Social Security and Medicare. The House passed the Ryan budget in June 2011. The bill later died in the Senate.
Ryan has received a "zero" rating from the Human Rights Campaign, reports Paul Schindler at Gay City News.
In 2007, Ryan was one of 35 Republicans to vote for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which at that time only proposed to protect against job bias based on sexual orientation, not gender identity or expression. When Republicans unsuccessfully tried a parliamentary maneuver to shelve the bill prior to its passage –– with what is known as a motion to recommit –– he joined 26 other GOP ENDA supporters in the unsuccessful effort to kill the bill they would vote for just moments later.
In 2004 and 2006, Ryan voted for a federal marriage amendment that would have defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman everywhere in the United States.
In both the 2009-2010 and the 2007-2008 sessions, he voted against hate crimes protections, which became law in 2009. He also did not support repeal of the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy in 2010 –– a measure that received votes in both May and December.
Ryan has consistently opposed a woman's right to choose, health care, labor protections and other progressive causes. He also joined the House Republican leadership in opposing LGBT rights in the District of Columbia, supporting a ban on domestic partnerships and gay adoptions.