Daniela Vega

5 LGBT things you need to know today, Dec. 26

1. Rosie O'Donnell had some choice words to share with House Speaker Paul Ryan for the holiday: “Paul ryan - don't talk about Jesus after what u just did to our nation - u will go straight to hell u screwed up ...
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5 LGBT things you need to know today, Nov. 14

1. House Speaker Paul Ryan joined numerous Republican leaders calling on anti-LGBT U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore to drop out of the race as allegations of sexual assault on minors and young women continue to ...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, Oct. 22

1. ThinkProgress on how a gay, married actor ended up playing the lead role in an anti-gay TV show called “Recently Straight.” 2. Meet Congressman Paul Ryan's number one hater, and read The Daily Beast's biz...
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Romney promises ENDA support in secret Log Cabin endorsement deal?

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Yesterday, gay conservative group Log Cabin Republicans officially endorsed Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney.

Left-leaning gay rights groups blasted the endorsement, saying the LCR had turned its back on the fight for LGBT equality. Out-going U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) also criticized the endorsement in a video posted to Youtube Tuesday. In it, Frank lays out the records of both Romney and his VP pick Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) on gay issues to poke holes in the LCR endorsement.

Ben Adler from The Nation did a little digging and speculates that LCR Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper was given assurances by the Romney campaign that the candidate would support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) as president. Such assurances helped convince LCR to endorse, Adler suggests.

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Gay groups head to Tampa for GOP convention

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We're just a handful of days away from the kickoff of the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., where attendees are expected to nominate former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney to represent the party in the upcoming fall presidential election.

Possible hurricanes aside, officials in Tampa are expecting more than 50,000 delegates, media and other convention visitors to descend on the city in the coming days, including representatives from gay conservative groups like Log Cabin Republicans and GOProud.

Gay groups will need to shake off an unwelcome feeling amid reports that this year's Republican Party platform remains as anti-gay as ever.

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Romney VP pick Paul Ryan backed bans on gay marriage, adoption

GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan

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.

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Romney names Paul Ryan as VP nominee; Wisc. congressman scores low on LGBT rights

Paul RyanFormer 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.