Ryan Confused Over Anti-Discrimination Bill

Ryan Confused Over Anti-Discrimination Bill January 8, 2013

Paul Ryan has long played silly games with the question of whether he supports the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would add sexual orientation and gender identity to federal anti-discrimination laws. As ThinkProgress notes:

When he was tapped as Mitt Romney’s running mate, the Log Cabin Republicans lauded his 2007 vote for the bill, his only pro-LGBT vote ever. However, Ryan personally lobbied its sponsor, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), to strip transgender protections from that version of the bill, a move that divided the LGBT community. Since then, every version of ENDA proposed by Democrats has included both sexual orientation and gender identity. Ryan refused to clarify his position during the campaign — most likely because of Romney’s opposition — and his position on a trans-inclusive bill remains muddled.

And now he doesn’t seem to understand why more Republicans don’t support ENDA:

KEYES: One of the things that might be coming up is the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

RYAN: Oh, ENDA. I voted for that before.

KEYES: Do you think that the GOP should embrace this?

RYAN: My position is very clear on ENDA.

KEYES: Why do you think the Republican Party is not coalescing around it?

RYAN: I think it’s just, there are Republicans who support ENDA. I was one of them. I don’t know the answer to the question.

Of course he does, he just can’t say it out loud. Republicans aren’t supporting it because anti-gay bigots are a huge part of the Republican coalition and they know it. Those who aren’t bigots themselves are pandering to bigots.

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