Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said he now supports gay adoptions, though remains opposed to gay marriage.
The 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee -- and potential 2016 GOP presidential contender -- announced his change of heart during a town hall event in Janesville, Wis. this week, WKOW-TV reported. He voted to ban same-sex adoption in the District of Columbia as a newly-minted congressman in 1999.
"Adoption, I'd vote differently these days," Ryan said Monday. "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. So I would vote that way."
Still, he later reaffirmed his belief in traditional marriage.
"I've always believed that in society there ought to be a high value placed upon marriage as between a man and a woman," Ryan said.