Former GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan told a town-hall audience in Wisconsin on Monday that he has changed his view on adoption by same-sex partners. Ryan who voted against gay couples in 1999, and is still opposed to gay marriage, proclaimed that he has reversed course on the issue. “I’d vote differently these days,” he said. “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.” On same-sex marriage, he says he’s still opposed.
During the town hall, Ryan also expressed his support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill intended to prohibit employers from discriminating against workers based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, though he initially lobbied to weaken ENDA so it did not include gender identity.[TP]