Last week, news surfaced that as governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney refused to issue birth certificate forms inclusive of same-sex couples after marriage equality became law. Instead, his lawyers reviewed every single case and then ordered questionably legal hand-written edits to the formal documents. Now, Michelangelo Signorile found video of Romney speaking to conservative voters in South Carolina in 2005 defending that decision:
ROMNEY: Today, same-sex couples are marrying, under the law, in Massachusetts. Some gays 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.
As noted last week, the birth certificate forms did not officially change to become inclusive of same-sex families until after Romney left office.