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VIEWS Ryan out of step with his generation
by Rev. Irene Monroe
2012-08-15

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On paper, you'd think a 42-year-old Republican would be up to speed on marriage rights and might even, given his age, be tolerant.

To my surprise, Mitt Romney's vice-presidential pick, U.S. Congressman Paul D. Ryan from Wisconsin, is not only no ally to our LGBTQ communities—he's completely ignorant of our struggle.

When it comes to the issue of marriage equality, Ryan has consistently voted it down.

In defending his stalwart stance for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, Ryan stated, "I believe fundamentally that marriage is between a man and a woman. Although I support the constitutional amendment to protect marriage, that process cannot continue at this time given the failed attempt by the U.S. Senate to advance the amendment. Meanwhile, states could be forced to accept same-sex marriages because of a few judges in Massachusetts."

Ryan made that statement in September 2004, just four months after same-sex marriage became legal in Massachusetts. In 2012, his position hasn't altered.

When Ryan was asked once again about his stance on same-sex marriage he stated on Meet the Press in February that he "… supported the Wisconsin amendment to define marriage as between a man and a woman."

One of Romney's objectives in selecting Ryan is to entice young voters, a constituency Romney hopes will come out for his ticket in November in numbers comparable to that of Obama's 2008 campaign. In having a young energetic and relatable candidate like Ryan, it revs up Romney's campaign that has been uninspiring to young conservative voters.

But Ryan, 42, is an outlier for a generation of young conservatives, especially his stance on LGBTQ social issues. His barometer on queer social issues is not only way off but it's also not in lockstep with young social conservatives who have clearly articulated that discrimination against marriage equality is not the government's business.

"I don't really care about the social stuff," Millersville University student Jordan Smith told reporter Lauren Fox of U.S. News & World Report. "I think it's big government when the government tells you who you can and cannot marry and that's not conservative."

With this younger generation of conservatives exposed to same-gender families, classmates, peers, educators, etc., and some who are LGBTQ themselves, their focus is on issues like the economy, jobs and military.

"We're worried about getting jobs after graduation. ... Gay marriage isn't as important of an issue for me." Lindsay Matera, a freshman at Roger Williams University, told U.S. News & World Report.

With exposure to LGBTQ people, and with more and more Americans wanting LGBTQ members in their families to receive the same state and federal protections as every heterosexual American, a seismic shift has occurred. The increasing acceptance of gay marriage has a lot to do with public acceptance of LGBTQ people. A 2011 survey by the Pew Research Center revealed that 58 percent of the U.S. populace accepts LGBTQ people. Also, the latest Pew survey found a "47 to 43 percent plurality favoring gay marriage, with as many Americans saying they strongly favor (22 percent) as saying they strongly oppose (22 percent)," according to Pew Research Center president Andrew Kohut. Much of this change in attitude toward LGBTQ residents is both generational and cultural.

In attempting to deflect attention away from the topic of same-sex marriage Ryan brought more attention to it, revealing recently how he's not up to date.

"If I recall from the last presidential campaign, President Obama and Vice President Biden said that they support marriage as being between a man and a woman," Ryan is quoted in Michelangelo Signorile's Aug. 12 article on HuffPost Gay Voices. "So I don't know why we are spending all this time talking about this."

Whereas both Obama and Biden have now come out in support of marriage equality, in the last presidential election it would have been political suicide to support it. This November, it may be a risk not to.

As chair of the House and Budget Committee, Ryan wants to focus on his strong suit—the nation's financial crisis—and not have his campaign bid be bogged down with social issues, like abortion, women's health and same-sex marriage.

But even social issues have an economic component, and legalizing same-sex marriage brings a fiscal benefit—on both state and federal levels.

On a state level, the evidence is obvious.

It's an untapped consumer base that would rev up revenues in marriage licenses, rings, hotels, restaurants, wedding venues and divorces, to name a few.

In arguing the case for marriage equality for Rhode Island, a study from the Williams Institute at UCLA's Law School wrote that the state's coffer had the potential to generate an additional $1.2 million over a three-year period.

And since 2004—when same-sex marriage was legalized in Massachusetts—our state coffers have increased by $111 million.

On a federal level, if all 50 states legalized same-sex marriage the revenue would net $1 billion a year over a decade, according to a 2004 report by Congressional Budget Office, an office Ryan is familiar with.

For a man so interested in balancing the country's budget, you'd think the revenue stream from marriage equality might catch Ryan up to Biden.


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