Ryan suggests marriage equality not an ‘American’ or ‘human’ value

By David Edwards
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 14:38 EDT
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Paul Ryan speaks to supporters in Ohio
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Paul Ryan on Tuesday suggested that equal marriage rights for LGBT people was not part of “American values” — or even “universal human values.”

At a town hall-style campaign event in Cincinnati, Ohio, a Latina woman who said she was “fully Republican” asked the vice presidential nominee how the GOP could better attract Hispanic voters with a message about “the value of life — pre-born — traditional marriage, religious freedom.”

“Our rights come from nature and nature’s God, not from government,” Ryan explained. “That notion, that idea produces liberty and freedom and free enterprise and opportunity and social mobility — upward mobility.”

“And by embracing those values that made us strong and great: liberty, freedom free enterprise, self-determination — the things you talk about like traditional marriage and family and entrepreneurship — these aren’t values that are indicative to any one person or creed or color. These are American values, these are universal human values.”

Watch this video from CNN, broadcast Sept. 25, 2012.


(h/t: Towleroad, Think Progress)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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