The current Republican presidential candidate, refused a proposed alteration to birth certificates to accommodate new same-sex parents back 2003, in a battle which went on throughout his term as governor.
Two years after his blocking the change, in 2005, Mitt Romney made a speech to voters in South Carolina, and said:
“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.”
The Registry of Vital Records and Statistics had proposed the change, which would have meant that birth certificates displayed, instead of ”father,” for example, it would read, “father or second parent,” The Boston Globe reported.
The change was proposed in order for the procedure on birth certificates to line up with then recently legalised equal marriage law.
Once he blocked the change, hospital officials and town clerks were obliged to win approval from then Governor Romney’s lawyers, in order to be allowed to cross out the word “father” and hand-write the words “second parent.”
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