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Mitt Romney fought new birth certificates for gay parents in Massachusetts

Mitt Romney fought new birth certificates for gay parents in Massachusetts

When he was the governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney fought a plan to have birth certificate forms revised for babies born to same-sex couples.

The Boston Globe has obtained state records which reveal the Republican presidential nominee’s aggressive efforts to prevent the routine recording of births to gay parents.

Instead of allowing a change to the box for ‘father’ to be relabeled ‘father or second parent,’ Romney insisted that the circumstances of every birth to same-sex parents be individually reviewed.

If his top legal staff approved, then town clerks and hospital officials in the state could cross out the word ‘father’ and write ‘second parent’ in ink.’

There was concern expressed by the Department of Public Health that this practice not only disadvantaged the children of same-sex parents, but also be likely lead to difficulties in a post-9-11 world while trying to register for school, applying for a passport or a driver’s license, enlisting in the military, or registering to vote.

But the crossouts and handwritten alterations continued throughout Romney’s term in office.

During this time, Romney’s personal opposition to gay marriage and gay adoption was expressed publicly.

He decried the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling that legalized gay marriage in 2003 and told the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington DC of the effort to revise birth certificates: ‘The children of America have the right to have a father and a mother. What should be the ideal for raising a child? Not a village, not ‘parent A’ and ‘parent B,’ but a mother and a father.’

Then in a 2005 speech in South Carolina, he told a socially conservative group: ‘Some gays are actually having children born to them. It’s not right on paper. It’s not right in fact.’