When Rep Paul Ryan was the Republican candidate for Vice President last year, I was quite impressed by him. He was well spoken and remained calm in difficult times, such as in his debate with Vice President Joe Biden and Joe’s arrogant rudeness. He seemed willing to make the tough decisions to help bring government spending back under control. Perhaps more importantly, he appeared to have many of the conservative and moral values that I have.
In 2006, Ryan not only opposed same-sex marriage, but he also opposed same-sex civil unions. However, since the election, I’ve heard a few things here and there about Ryan and things he’s said that make me wonder just how conservative he really is. The latest of which is his statement on allowing gay couples to adopt.
Earlier this week, Ryan was speaking at a townhall discussion when the topic of same sex marriage and adoption by gay couples was raised. Ryan’s responses were:
“Adoption, I’d vote differently these days. I do believe that if there are children who are orphans who do not have a loving person or couple, I think if a person wants to love and raise a child they ought to be able to do that. Period.”
“I do believe marriage is between a man and a woman, we just respectfully disagree on that issue.”
“[I’ve] always supported things like civil unions, where you ought to be granted certain legal privileges to be able to have benefits.”
Among those benefits is the right to adopt a child.
I’ve never understood how anyone can be against same-sex marriage and yet support civil unions between same-sex couples. Those individuals are committing sins by engaging in homosexuality and having sexual relations outside marriage and by marriage, I mean one man and one woman. Biblically speaking, there is no difference between same-sex marriage and same-sex civil unions.
However, if you oppose same-sex marriage, especially for religious reasons, then how could you in clear conscience allow a child to be adopted and raised in such a sinful lifestyle? Is there any difference between allowing a child to be raised by homosexuals or by pedophiles or murderers? In God’s eyes, they are all sinful and wrong and should be wrong in our eyes also.
Seven years ago, Ryan opposed civil unions and adoption by gay couples. Now, he is open to civil unions and adoption by gay couples. His values and morals are on a slippery path to liberalism, like so many other former conservatives. Instead of standing his ground for his beliefs, he is giving in to the cultural pressures and allowing his values and morals to be compromised. Like yeast permeating a batch of dough, such compromise will eventually undermine the rest of his conservatism and he will end up no different than Biden or Obama.