Johanna Dasteel

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Paul Ryan flip-flops, now supports gay adoption

Johanna Dasteel

JANESVILLE, WI, May 2, 2013 ( – Paul Ryan, the 2012 Republican vice presidential candidate, announced on Monday that he has changed his position on “gay adoptions”; he now favors them.

Speaking at a town hall meeting in Janesville, Wisconsin, Ryan responded to a question on same-sex “marriage” with a statement about his reversed position on same-sex adoption.

"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,” Ryan explained. “I would vote that way," he added.

In 1999, Congressman Ryan voted far a ban on same-sex couples adopting children in the District of Columbia, but says he has since changed his mind. However, he said that he still opposes same-sex “marriage.”

Ryan’s 2012 presidential running mate, Governor Mitt Romney, said he supported adoption for same-sex couples at one point during his campaign last year, but later walked back his position to merely acknowledging the legality of “gay adoption” in certain states.

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Ryan’s position was assumed throughout the campaign to be against “gay adoption” because of his 1999 vote, though at the town hall he claimed he changed his mind on the issue years ago. If that's the case, this is the first time he has said so publicly.

Ryan’s position now curiously echoes the amicus curiae brief the Obama administration filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in February, asserting that homosexuals are as successful at parenting as heterosexual couples.

The notion contradicts the most comprehensive studies to date on the issue.

Last June, Dr. Mark Regnerus of the University of Texas at Austin found most previous studies suffered serious flaws in data, including relying on unscientific and unrepresentative reports gathered from women's bookstores and other homosexual venues.

His study found that children raised in a nuclear family were far less likely to suffer traumatic life events, including sexual abuse, than those raised by homosexuals.

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