Washington, Oct 27: US Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney was hell bent on stigmatizing the children of gay and lesbian parents, labeling these kids as outcasts and causing them to suffer hardship throughout their lives, it has been revealed.
A report by Boston Globe has revealed how, after gays and lesbians in Massachusetts won the right to marry in 2003, the state’s then-governor Romney wouldn’t allow the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics to revise birth certificate forms for babies born to same-sex couples.
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, the Huff Post reports.
Boston Spirit magazine reported last month that when gay activists met Romney in his office in 2004, as he was backing a failed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in the state, Romney remarked, ‘I didn’t know you had families.’
According to the report, Romney, in 2005, spoke to conservative voters about the issue in South Carolina, as he trained his eye on the presidency.
“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,” he had said. (ANI)