Gov. Romney Rejected Birth Certificates For Married Same-Sex Couples

RomneyBabyThe Boston Globe
dug into records dating back to Mitt Romney's tenure as Massachusetts governor and found that Romney and his administration had an — shocker — inconsistent policy when it came to altering birth certificates to recognize same-sex couples legally married in the state after a 2003 court win.

Looking over exchanges between Romney's administration lawyers and state Registry of Vital Records and Statistics, it seems male couples were told to obtain court orders to gain "second parent" status, while female couples were at times given more leeway.

Hospitals had to confer with Romney's administration for each and every child born to same-sex couples, even though the Registry recommended a universally inclusive policy, the paper found.

"[Romney] insisted that his top legal staff individually review the circumstances of every birth to same-sex parents," writes Murray Waas. "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."

Most of the birth-certificate reviews by the governor’s office appeared cursory. For example, health department deputy counsel Wiesenberg e-mailed Brian Leske and Nielsen on Dec. 23, 2004, to ask permission to issue a certificate regarding one birth: “Birth at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Facts (married mother, same sex spouse, anonymous donor) are similar to 23 other cases that Mark has reviewed . . . [and] instruct[ed] the hospital to list mother & same sex spouse as the second parent on the child’s birth certificate.”

Leske e-mailed back: “You are authorized to inform the Medical Center that may list the same sex spouse as a second parent on the birth certificate."

In another case, Leske wouldn't let a same-sex couple be listed as parents because they weren't married, a direct contradiction of previous stances.

Romney's camp at the time said in public that the certificates were not changed because that would require legislative action; the Registry and existing records say otherwise.

Waas also found some old speeches Romney made, including one in which he tried to raise fears about same-sex couples somehow damaging a kid.

"Scientific studies of children raised by same-sex couples are almost nonexistent," Romney told the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2004. "It may affect the development of children and thereby future society as a whole."

One year later, in 2005, he made his position clear in a speech before social conservatives: "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."

Romney presidential campaign had no comment on the report.


  1. gregory brown says

    I will amend Strepsi’s comment by saying that no self-respecting American with any sense of decency should vote for Romney or anybody supporting the malodorous Republican Platform.

  2. HadenoughBS says

    Mittens has become an historical figure in the 2012 presidential election. He has been proven to be, without a doubt, the most consistent inconsistent politican ever to run for the nation’s highest office. And it appears he’s inconsistentcy training began while Massachusetts’ governor. How any female or minority citizen (GLBT, black, Hispanic) can vote for this man, his not-ready-for-primetime running mate and the Rethuggists’ bigoted rightwing extremist 2012 platform is beyond my understanding. Therefore, it becomes more evident every day that the LCRs and GOPoofters are beyond the pale due to their endorsement of Mittens and his policies.

  3. ratbastard says

    Like all aggressive and power hungry politicians and people in general, Romney has been carefully planning this presidential run probably since being a young man, certainly by the time he became MA governor. Everything he did crafted with the knowledge he was going to run for president and needed to minimize bad publicity, especially with the far right who seem to control the Republican party at the national level. He probably did this because he knew he’d have to counter accusations from the far right about gay marriage under his watch in MA [and of course RomneyCare]. By doing this he can point to it and say, yeah, gay marriage passed, but my administration still tried to keep a lid on it.

    I’m surprised I never heard about this before here in MA. Another thing he did as Gov. was dramatically raise state fees for a multitude of licenses and services.

  4. Sean in Dallas says

    The man is nothing more than a glorified used car salesman with a lot full of lemons.

    The smarm, the smugness, the holier-than-thou face, the hair, the fake tan…seriously?

    Beyond instituting 1950’s social laws, his only interest is legislating tax shelters. His own aides have admitted he doesn’t read much of the material they prepare for him.

    That he has such a close margin on the President speaks volumes about the racism this country still harbors. What other reason is there to vote for such a dirty politician as Romney?

  5. Michaelandfred says

    The irony of this election that half of America has been so brainwashed into believing that Obama is a soulless power hungry anti christ that they are voting for an actual soulless, power hungry walking piece of human excrement.

  6. BobN says

    These must be those “special rights” people keep saying we’re after. Our every move monitored and approved (or not) by the highest office in the state.

    Boy, I bet this makes the heterosexuals jealous…

  7. JT says

    Well boys and girls, I hate to say it, but Romney is leading in a lot of polls. I can see him getting elected even if by cheating the system and espousing lie after lie. Instead of bickering every day on here, maybe we could tell each what good we did this day to help Obama get re-elected.

  8. JT says

    Well boys and girls, I hate to say it, but Romney is leading in a lot of polls. I can see him getting elected even if by cheating the system and espousing lie after lie. Instead of bickering every day on here, maybe we could tell each what good we did this day to help Obama get re-elected.

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