In May 2012, Vice President Joe Biden gave an interview on “Meet The Press” where he said he was “absolutely...
For the LGBT delegates representing Georgia and its congressional districts at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., this week has reignited their passion for the political process.
Seven members of the LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Georgia are in attendance in Charlotte, according to Georgia Democrats, including LGBT Caucus Chair Jim Taflinger and Caucus Secretary Bob Gibeling.
Reese McCranie, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed's deputy director of communications, called the convention atmosphere “electrifying” in a telephone interview with GA Voice. McCranie is one of the seven delegates from Georgia's Fifth Congressional District.
Paul Ryan, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s chosen running mate, supports amending the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage and has voted to stop gay couples in Washington, D.C., from adopting children.
Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and presumptive Republican presidential nominee, announced Ryan as his vice presidential nominee Aug. 11. The sparked criticism from LGBT political groups concerned about Ryan’s record as a U.S. congressman from Wisconsin.
The Romney-Ryan ticket “could roll back much of the progress we’ve seen toward full equality,” the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT political group, argued in a press release.
Former Massachusetts governor and presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney today announced that U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin would join him atop the Republican ticket to run against President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden this November.
Ryan represents Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District, a position he's held since 1999, and chairs the House Budget Committee.
No friend to the LGBT rights movement, Ryan has continuously scored at or about zero on the Human Rights Campaign congressional scorecard. Ryan voted for the proposed constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman and fought to ban same-sex adoptions in Washington, D.C.
“I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties. And quite frankly, I don’t see much of a distinction beyond that.”
— Vice President Joe Biden on Meet the Press, touching off debate over whether he had gone beyond President Obama, who does not support gay marriage but has said his views are “evolving.” (Meet the Press, May 6)
“There are few things in life more important than being able to marry and build a family with the person you love. This fundamental right should be available to all Americans, including gay and lesbian couples.”