Your GOP Primary Guide

BY Michelle Garcia

January 10 2012 5:00 AM ET

NEWT GINGRICH 20111210 X390 (GETTY) | ADVOCATE.COM U.S. representative from Texas Ron Paul
Public Policy Polling as of January 8: 18%

On Marriage Equality:
 In October, Paul said, "The government has no business in your private life, you know, so if one person is allowed to do something, so should everyone else." "The whole gay marriage issue is a private affair and the federal government has no say." However, while there was a lapse in his congressional service when the House took up the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, Paul said earlier this year that DOMA was an appropriate way to establish states' rights when governing marriage. He has refused to sign pledges from the Iowa Family Leader and the National Organization for Marriage.

On Gays' Adoption and Custody Rights:
In 1999, Paul voted against federal funding to boost child adoption services for same-sex couples in Washington, D.C.

On HIV/AIDS Funding or Advocacy:
Paul famously released newsletters for two decades to his constituents, some of which contained homophobic diatribes that blamed gay men for AIDS. Someone on his staff wrote, “Those who don’t commit sodomy, who don’t get blood a transfusion, and who don’t swap needles, are virtually assured of not getting AIDS unless they are deliberately infected by a malicious gay.” Paul has since denounced the newsletters, said they were a product of managerial negligence, and denied writing or editing their controversial portions. 

Issues With Homophobia
 Former aide Eric Dondero said Paul does not discriminate against gay people but has a personal problem with homophobia. Paul once refused to use the bathroom at the home of a gay supporter from San Francisco, Dondero said, even though he spent several days campaigning with Paul.

On "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Repeal:
Paul voted in favor of repealing "don't ask, don't tell" in 2010, and said, "Everybody has the same rights as everybody else, so homosexuals in the military isn't a problem. It's only if they're doing things they shouldn't be, if they're disruptive. But there's ... men and women getting into trouble with each other too. And there's a lot more heterosexuals in the military, so logically they're causing more trouble than gays. So yes, you just have the same rules for everybody and treat them all the same."

On the Uniting American Families Act and Binational Couples
Paul has not cosponsored any version of the bill during his time in Congress, but, according to, Paul does support allowing gay citizens to sponsor their foreign-born partners to become U.S. citizens.

On Workplace Discrimination and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act
Paul has not cosponsored any version the bill during his time in Congress. 

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