(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), the 2012 Republican vice presidential candidate, used to oppose adoption of children by homosexuals but now says it is okay for gays to adopt kids and that he would vote to support such a policy.
The Catholic faith, which Ryan professes, teaches that such adoptions “are contrary to the divine plan” of God and Pope Francis has said that gay adoption is a form of discrimination against children.
At a meeting with some of his constituents in Janesville, Wisc., on Apr. 29, Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, was asked about “marriage equality” for gays and lesbians and, as part of the query, the constituent noted, “you voted to ban same-sex couples from adopting in the District of Columbia.”
In his response, Rep. Paul said that he believes marriage should be between one man and one woman and concerning the adoption of children by homosexuals, he said, “Adoption, I would vote differently these days. That was, I think, a vote I took in my first term in 1999 or 2000.”
“I do believe that if there are children who are orphans who do not have a loving person or couple – you know, I think if a person wants to love and raise a child they ought to be able to do that, period,” said Ryan. “So I would vote that way.”
Ryan is a practicing Catholic who reportedly attends St. John Vianney parish in Janesville, which is in the diocese of Madison, Wisc., headed by Bishop Robert C. Morlino.
According to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), “the Church does not support the adoption of children by homosexual couples since homosexual unions are contrary to the divine plan.”
The USCCB further states that there is a major difference between a single parent rearing children in an “often heroic” way and the formation of “alternative families” that “deliberately deprive a child of a father or a mother, such as arrangements headed by two men or two women.”
“Undesired single parenthood can still witness to the importance of sexual difference by acknowledging the challenges faced by single parents and their children due to the lack of a father or mother,” says the USCCB. “In contrast, arrangements of two men or two women are incapable of such witness and present motherhood and fatherhood as disposable. These arrangements of themselves contradict the conjugal and generative reality of marriage and are never acceptable. Children deserve to have their need for a father and a mother respected and protected in law.”
On the issue of same-sex marriage and gay parenting, Pope Francis, as archbishop of Buenos Aries in 2010, said: “At stake are the lives of many children who will be discriminated against in advance, and deprived of their human development given by a father and a mother and willed by God. At stake is the total rejection of God’s law engraved in our hearts.”