Romney Forced Gay Parents to Alter Birth Certificates by Hand
He took a stand against gay parents in Massachusetts
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2012 6:22 PM CDT
Mitt Romney campaigns on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Cincinnati, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – As Massachusetts governor, Mitt Romney refused to let the state alter its birth certificates for gay parents—forcing couples to cross out "father" and write "second parent" in ink, the Boston Globe reports. A Department of Public Health lawyer warned that such hand-written alterations hurt "the integrity of the vital record-keeping system"—and might give children problems "later in life"—but Romney held firm. What's more, his office insisted on reviewing each request for a birth certificate by gay parents.

That's how the Globe uncovered Romney's stance on birth certificates—by obtaining records of his administration's back-and-forth on each case with the health department. Only after Gov. Deval Patrick took office in 2007 were the certificates formally changed. Romney initially promised a moderate stance on gay rights when running for the Senate in 1994, but his position hardened, particularly leading up to his 2008 run for the presidency. "Some gays are actually having children born to them," he said in 2005. "It’s not right on paper. It’s not right in fact. Every child has a right to a mother and father."

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Ray-N-Reno
Oct 30, 2012 3:07 AM CDT
Though former Governor Romney was well within the power of his office, I believe Constitutionally he overstepped the division of church and state. Though many American may not agree, as a result of personal opinion concerning homosexual relationships, the spirit of Constitution law implies the state not making the effort to regulate the personal lives of American citizens. What one does in the sanctity of their home is of little concern to others and no statute in any of the 50 states makes the effort to interfere in the sexual conduct of consenting adults, though a few still have archaic laws from previous centuries which have not been removed from the books. I noted a few of the comments were made by people who believe they opinion, or that of those holding public office which is similar or mirrors their opinion, should be imposed upon other people in a free society. Whether this opinion is held, the bent is people who choose another form of family structure that people are not comfortable with or do not condone, should not be afforded legal status or protection. Personally I am not homosexual; however, I also have no right to tell others they are wrong for the practice, do not deserve legal recourse, or that they are not fit to be parents. I am not he who prescribes which religious practice, sexual behavior, or skill at parenting is good, correct, or legally correct, and for that matter neither should anyone else be in a free society. According to Healthy children .org, "Studies have shown that children with gay and/or lesbian parents are ultimately just as happy with themselves and their own gender as are their friends with heterosexual parents. Children whose parents are homosexual show no difference in their choice of friends, activities, or interests compared to children whose parents are heterosexual. As adults, their career choices and lifestyles are similar to those of children raised by heterosexual parents." This information may be of little use or concern to those who hold prejudices concerning the sexual orientation of others; and one can reference religious writings as a basis for prejudice, in accord with The Spanish Inquisition, or other doctrine, which seeks to impose the morality of one group upon others. I can only say adults in a free society tend to make little effort to impose their will on others regardless of their level of conviction concerning a personal sense of morality. Reference; I am Gay, should I worry how this will affect my children? http://www.healthychildren.org/English/family-life/family-dynamics/types-of-families/pages/Gay-and-Lesbian-Parents.aspx?nfstatus=401&nftoken=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000&nfstatusdescription=ERROR%3a+No+local+token&nfstatus=401&nftoken=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000&nfstatusdescription=ERROR%3a+No+local+token
MichaelBenesch
Oct 28, 2012 11:01 AM CDT
Mass&Mich the two states that know him best are rejecting him soundly. You can't write off 47% of OUR citizens one night in private and fix it by saying you want to be president of 100% of US in the light of day. Mitt is the heartless hypocrite that will say or do anything for power and greed. You can fool some of the people all of the time in the red states but you can't fool all of US !!
MichaelBenesch
Oct 28, 2012 10:56 AM CDT
2nd parent..............................MittBAIN is a heartless coward. How can any human being vote for MittBAIN?