Editor’s note: Though a slip, it’s worth pondering how Paul Ryan can be the “next president of the United States”? Though Ryan is “only” 42 years old, his position on social issues, such as gay rights, seems more fitting of an older generation.
Paul Ryan does not support LGBT families, and has voted against allowing gay and lesbian couples to adopt. He voted against hate crime protections. He opposed repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and he does not support marriage equality. Recent polling shows just how out-of-touch Ryan’s positions on LGBT equality are: support for marriage equality stands at 54 percent nationwide, with those between the ages of 18 – 34 supporting marriage equality by 73 percent; according to a June CNN/ORC International Survey.
Nearly 50 percent of Republicans under the age of 35 also support marriage equality, according to an NBC News/WSJ poll.
Here’s the other side in a CBS News report:
Support for same sex marriage is generational and the president said today his children don’t understand why same-sex parents would be treated differently.
“It doesn’t make sense to them and frankly, that’s the kind of thing that prompts a change in perspective,” Mr. Obama said.
Sources tell CBS News that First Lady Michelle Obama was heavily involved in the president’s change of heart. Mr. Obama said she feels the same way he does. They both believe in the Golden Rule – treat others the way you would want to be treated.