Jack Ryan family values

Geraldine Sealey
June 28, 2004 6:08PM (UTC)

A (sweet) irony of Jack Ryan's political downfall in Illinois is that he based his campaign in part on portraying himself as a defender of the "traditional family unit," to the point of excluding those he deems unfit to participate in the institution of marriage: Those "homosexuals" who "should not be entitled to special rights based on their sexual behavior."

From his campaign Web site:


"The breakdown of the family over the past 35 years is one of the root causes of some of our societys most intractable social problems-criminal activity, illegitimacy, and the cyclical nature of poverty."

"As an elected leader, my interest will be in promoting laws and educating people about the fundamental importance of the traditional family unit as the nucleus of our society."

Geraldine Sealey

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at Salon.com.

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