Last week Murray Waas reported in the Boston Globe that as governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney refused to change the state's birth certificate to acknowledge legal births to same-sex parents. Gay couples with children were to cross out "mother" or "father" on the forms and write themselves in, leaving their children's official documents permanently altered. Romney later explained the thinking behind the decision this way: "Some gays are actually having children born to them. It's not right on paper. It's not right in fact." Here's the video.
The remarks were made in 2005 at a South Carolina Republican Party fundraiser, just a year after Romney refused requests from his own Registry of Vital Records to update birth record forms in the wake of the state's Supreme Judicial Court decision establishing the right for gay people to marry one another. "What should be the ideal for raising a child?" Romney said at the time. "Not a village, not ‘parent A' and ‘parent B,' but a mother and a father."