Boston Globe‘s Murray Waas uncovered some truly disheartening information about Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his views towards the children of gay and lesbian parents.
Waas reveals how, after gays and lesbians in Massachusetts won the right to marry in 2003, Governor Romney wouldn’t allow the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics to revise birth certificate forms for babies born to same-sex couples. The plan was to have the box for “father,” for example, relabeled “father or second parent.” But according to documents obtained by Waas, Romney rejected the plan, demanding the agency continue using old forms. Romney then demanded hospitals get permission from his office each time a child was born to a same sex-couple in order to cross out, with a pen, the label “father” or “mother,” and write-in, with a pen, “second parent.” (Romney also required gay male parents to get a court order before any birth certificate was issued.)
Those children would then go through life with birth certificates that marked them as strange, abnormal, less than everyone else, punished because Romney didn’t approve of their parents. As a Department of Health attorney warned Romney, the children would be disadvantaged and would have trouble applying to school or getting drivers licenses as adults, particularly in a post-9/11 world where they might be considered security risks, having birth certificates that appeared altered. It was a “violation of existing statutes,” the attorney warned Romney. But Romney waved off the warnings, not caring about the the legal, psychological or personal ramifications.
But that’s not all, here’s what else Romney had to say when speaking to Julie Goodridge, the lead plaintiff in the landmark case that won marriage rights for gays and lesbians. She asked what she should tell her 8-year-old daughter about why the governor would block the marriage of her parents. According to Goodridge, Romney responded,
“I didn’t know you had families. I don’t really care what you tell your adopted daughter. Why don’t you just tell her the same thing you’ve been telling her the last eight years.”
Probably one of the most unfortunate quotes come from Romney’s speech to conservatives in South Carolina where he stated:
“Some gays are actually having children born to them,” he said. “It’s not right on paper. It’s not right in fact. Every child has a right to a mother and father.”
Read the entire expose via The Huffington Post