UPDATED: The nation’s largest LGBT civil rights group today is condemning steps Republican Mitt Romney took when governor of Massachusetts to investigate same-sex couples with children and deny requests for new birth certificates.
The Human Rights Campaign’s reaction was to a report in the Boston Globe that Romney rejected a request from the Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics to revise birth certificate forms to apply to same-sex parents.
According to the Globe, he also insisted his lawyers investigate each request for birth certificates for children born to same-sex couples.
The Globe reported, "Only after winning approval from Romney’s lawyers could hospital officials and town clerks across the state be permitted to cross out by hand the word 'father’ on individual birth certificates, and then write in 'second parent,’ in ink."
In some instances, according to the report, Romney denied gay parents proper birth certificates for their children despite a warning from the public health department that the children could be at a disadvantage in trying to obtain identification.
A public health official also warned, according to a news release from HRC, that allowing officials to alter birth certificates by hand violated statues and would impair efforts to keep organized state records.
HRC president Chad Griffin stated, “Romney prioritized his own distaste for LGBT people over the well-being of children in Massachusetts. Mitt Romney didn’t care that these children would face a lifetime of obstacles in obtaining legal documentation for things like getting a driver’s license or registering to vote; he only cared about making sure same-sex parents felt abnormal and isolated simply because they wanted to start a family.”
UPDATE: A video (about 4:58 minutes into the footage) from the 2008 presidential primary campaign has resurfaced as focus turned to the issue. The video shows Romney, courting right-wing voters in South Carolina, as he says that same-sex couples marrying and having children poses a threat to U.S. families and the foundation of the United States.