“Some gays are actually having children born to them. It’s not right on paper. It’s not right in fact. Every child has a right to a mother and father.”
In 2003 – when Romney was Governor – the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage was legal. If you can have gay marriage then you can have gay marriage with adopted kids … or you can have in vitro fertilization for gay couples. So – the state Registry of Vital Records and Statistics recommended a change to the birth certificates given out by the state based on the Supreme Court ruling; they recommended changing “father” to “father or 2nd parent”. Romney was absolutely against this. His solution? A scary level of government in people’s business and a total clusterf-ck.
Romney required all births to same sex parents be reviewed by his legal team before cities, towns or hospitals could do anything regarding the official status of the birth. Then … IF these same sex couples received approval – his genius solution was for the city, town or hospital to then cross out the word “father” on the birth certificate … and using regular ink … they would write in “2nd parent”. This is someone’s birth certificate we’re talking about. This wasn’t in the 1950′s … this was only 8 years ago. He’s for smaller government unless it means the state approving who can and can’t have kids … just 10 years after he said he’d be more pro-gay than Ted Kennedy.
The Boston Globe has the story HERE:
Deliberations about the policies, including dozens of exchanges about the marriages and births of individual families, are recounted in e-mails and legal memos sent between the governor’s office and lawyers at the Department of Public Health, which oversees the Registry of Vital Records.
The practice of requiring high-level legal review continued for the rest of Romney’s term, despite a warning from a Department of Public Health lawyer who said such a system placed the children of same-sex parents at an unfair disadvantage.
Crossouts and handwritten alterations constituted “violations of existing statutes’’ and harmed “the integrity of the vital record-keeping system,’’ the deputy general counsel of the department, Peggy Wiesenberg, warned in a confidential Dec. 13, 2004, memo to Mark Nielsen, Romney’s general counsel.
The changes also would impair law enforcement and security efforts in a post-9/11 world, she said, and children with altered certificates would be likely to “encounter [difficulties] later in life . . . as they try to register for school, or apply for a passport or a driver’s license, or enlist in the military, or register to vote.”
Remember – in 1994 … Mitt Romney said he would be more pro-Gay than Ted Kennedy. Read it yourself in the Atlantic HERE. He told a gay and lesbian paper this:
”I think the gay community needs more support from the Republican Party and I would be a voice in the Republican Party to foster antidiscrimination efforts.”
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