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May 01, 2013 1:22 PM Paul Ryan’s “Evolution”

By Ed Kilgore

Paul Ryan is getting a lot of attention for reversing his past opposition to same-sex adoptions, though he still opposes same-sex marriage.

This leads to a rather obvious follow-up question that has nothing to do with sexual orientation: Is Ryan saying he’s in favor of cohabitation outside wedlock, sanctioned by the state through adoptions? Sounds like he’s got a lot of explaining to do to his bishop, aside from his chronic problems with Catholic teachings about poverty and social justice.

More generally, Ryan’s decision to make this topic his next step towards public opinion on same-sex equality reflects the often-forgotten reality that Alison Gash wrote about in the May/June issue of the Washington Monthly: same-sex adoptions were an important beachhead in the battle for equality that the Cultural Right forgot to defend.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • c u n d gulag on May 01, 2013 1:50 PM:

    The DC MSM's favorite policy wonk just showed his favorite P90X move again - he stuck his foot in his mouth.
    Actually, both of them.

    You'd better stop doing that, Paulie - you're liable to get athlete's tongue!

  • sgetti on May 01, 2013 3:58 PM:

    One argument against abortion is that "there are plenty of people willing to adopt unwanted children" (infants). Perhaps Ryan is 'accepting' of same-sex couples adopting to stay true to his anti-abortion position. After all, he's the proponent of making abortion more difficult in small steps, not by decree. It's not hypocritical of him yet but it sure seems dicey in the long run to have it both ways - adoption certificates: good, marriage certificates: bad. Not to mention the legal ramifications of custodianship, inheritance and such that legally married folks have wit their kids.

  • MikeN on May 01, 2013 9:15 PM:

    Having tangled with some Catholics on this issue,the Church'e position is apparently that it is perfectly okay for a gay person to adopt a child as long as that person is single and celibate- don't know if this is what Ryan was talking about.