Recently The Boston Globe published excerpts of Massachusetts state records from Mitt Romney’s term as Governor that show that, following the state’s 2003 Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage, then-Governor Romney rejected a request by the state’s Registry of Vital Records and Statistics to revise existing birth certificates to apply to same-sex parents. Instead, Romney insisted that his lawyers individually approve changes to every birth certificate for children born to same-sex couples.
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.
The Boston Globe reports that Romney’s interventions disproportionately affected women married to same-sex partners who gave birth. Though Romney ran for U.S. Senate in 1994 promising to be a moderate champion of gay rights, he later became a vocal opponent of LGBT equality, saying in 2005:
“Some gays are actually having children born to them,’’ he declared. “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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