In 2005, then-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney told voters in South Carolina that same-sex parents were "not right in fact" and that "[e]very child has the right to have a mother and father."
This past week, the Boston Globe reported that Romney had gone to lengths to stop birth certificates in his state from being changed to reflect two "parents" — as opposed to "mother" and "father." Murray Waas, the correspondent who wrote the report, today posted C-SPAN video on YouTube showing Romney talking about the issue in South Carolina on President's Day weekend in 2005. In part, Romney says:
"Today, same-sex couples are marrying under the law in Massachusetts. Some are actually having children born to them. We've been asked to change their birth certificates to remove the phrase 'Mother' and 'Father' and replace it with 'Parent A' and 'Parent B.' It's not right on paper. It's not right in fact. Every child has the right to have a mother and father."
In this campaign, Romney has been less dismissive of gay parents, saying at a Univision forum that same-sex couples "should be able to ... raise a family as they would choose." Recent campaign comments have reiterated, however, his position that adoption rights for same-sex couples are a state decision.
Chris Geidner is the legal editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC. In 2014, Geidner won the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association award for journalist of the year.
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