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
September 25, 2012

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 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."

(h/t: Towleroad, Think Progress)

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