Another prominent Republican has shifted his views on a gay rights issue.
U.S. Representative from Wisconsin Paul Ryan, the GOP’s vice presidential candidate in last year’s election, told attendees at a town hall-style event on Monday that he now supports adoption of children by homosexuals. More than a decade ago, he voted to support a ban of adoptions by homosexuals in the District of Columbia, USA TODAY noted.
Ryan said that his view on the subject had changed since that vote and he would not vote for such a ban today. Despite his changed stance on gay adoption, Ryan says he is still opposed to gay marriage, insisting that the definition of marriage remains between a man and a woman.
Mitt Romney had declared support for gay adoption, but opposed gay marriage. Ryan has won support from conservatives for his strict fiscal and social positions.
In March, U.S. Representative Rob Portman, a well-known conservative, announced that he had changed his mind and now supported gay marriage. Portman’s defection prompted the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, John Boehner, to reaffirm his opposition to gay marriage.
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