Ron Paul - Texas Congressman:
As a Texas Congressman, Ron Paul served in the United States House of Representatives from 1976–1977, again 1979–1985 and currently from 1997-present. He ran for president in 1988 as the Libertarian Party candidate, even though he remained a registered republican.
Ron Paul is opposed to Employment Non-Discrimination Bill that is inclusive of gays, lesbians and transgender.
Ron Paul opposes a transgender-inclusive hate crimes bill. As a matter of fact, he opposes any hate crimes legislation.
Same-Sex Marriage/Civil Unions:
Ron Paul believes the government should stay out of marriage. See quotes below.
Gay and Lesbian Adoption:
Ron Paul voted to support a ban of gay adoptions in Washington, DC in 1999.
More About Ron Paul:
In a candidate debate on CNN in 2007, Ron Paul said about "Don't Ask, Don't Tell":
"I think the current policy is a decent policy. And the problem that we have with dealing with this subject is we see people as groups, as they belong to certain groups and that they derive their rights as belonging to groups. We don't get our rights because we're gays or women or minorities. We get our rights from our Creator as individuals. So every individual should be treated the same way. So if there is homosexual behavior in the military that is disruptive, it should be dealt with. But if there's heterosexual behavior that is disruptive, it should be dealt with. So it isn't the issue of homosexuality. It's the concept and the understanding of individual rights. If we understood that, we would not be dealing with this very important problem."
About Gay Marriage
At a Values Voter Debate in September 2007, Ron Paul said, "True Christians, I believe, believe that marriage is a church function, not a state function. It's not a state function. I don't think you need a license to get married. We should define it."
In May 2011 he was asked at a presidential debate on Fox News, he was asked to clarify the above statement.
"Are you advocating legalizing gay marriage in this country?"
Ron Paul:"I think the government should just be out of it. I think it should be done by the church or private contract and we shouldn’t have this argument. Who’s married and who isn’t married? I have my standards, but I shouldn’t have to impose my standards on others. Others have their standards and they have no right to impose their marriage standards on me. But if we want to have something to say about marriage, it should be at the state level and not at the Federal Government. Just get the government out of it. It’s one area where it’s totally unnecessary and it’s caused more trouble than necessary.
Sources: CNN.com, Ronpaul 2008,Salon.com, Ron Paul's congressional newsletter