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In his own words: Mitt Romney’s bias against same-sex parents

Monday, October 29, 2012

In a recently uncovered campaign video from 2005, Mitt Romney — who publicly said he opposed child-rearing by gay and lesbian couples — told an audience in South Carolina that gay parenting is “not right on paper,” and “not right in fact.”

“Today, same-sex couples are marrying under the law in Massachusetts,” he said. “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.”

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Last week, the Boston Globe reported that in 2003, while Governor of Massachusetts, Romney insisted that his top legal staff individually review the circumstances of every birth to same-sex parents, and that only after winning a case-by-case 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.

“The facts speak for themselves: Mitt Romney doesn’t like LGBT people,” said Jerame Davis, Executive Director of National Stonewall Democrats, in a statement Monday, reacting to the video,

“Even before this latest revelation, we knew Mitt Romney had fought tooth and nail against gay and lesbian parents’ ability to obtain correct birth certificates for their children. Now we get to hear Romney explain his revulsion in his own words,” said David.

“Mitt Romney refuses to acknowledge the basic dignity of our relationships, of our families, of our lives – and this new video just reinforces that message.”

In 1994, while campaigning for a Senate seat against then incumbent Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy, Romney promised to be a moderate champion of gay rights. Later, while governor as well as during his first run for president in 2008, Romney hardened his stance, and actively supported efforts in Massachusetts for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

In his current presidential campaign, Romney continues to oppose same-sex marriage and has said he supports amending the U.S. Constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman.

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41 more reader comments:

  1. More reasons to re elect Pres. Obama….

    Posted on Monday, October 29, 2012 at 7:17pm
  2. old news

    Posted on Monday, October 29, 2012 at 7:19pm
  3. Ass hat.

    Posted on Monday, October 29, 2012 at 7:20pm
  4. Shame shame on Mitt Romney

    Posted on Monday, October 29, 2012 at 7:21pm
  5. This is not exactly a news flash.

    Posted on Monday, October 29, 2012 at 7:23pm
  6. just another reason to re-elect Pres Obama and to cause ALL GLBT voters to question why they would even consider voting for Romney. It seems like a pretty clear choice to me; I voted for Obama and every democrat on the NC ballot today – have you voted? if not, do it tomorrow if you have early voting in your state! We need to win this election and keep America moving forward.

    Posted on Monday, October 29, 2012 at 7:24pm
  7. He’s a dick. And that’s an insult to male genitalia!

    Posted on Monday, October 29, 2012 at 7:27pm
  8. Not surprised.

    Posted on Monday, October 29, 2012 at 7:28pm
  9. Yep, I Do not like him =]

    Posted on Monday, October 29, 2012 at 7:28pm
  10. that bastard that is so wrong he such a asshole i hate him i hate hime I FUCKING HATE HIM

    Posted on Monday, October 29, 2012 at 7:28pm
  11. We know he is a homophobe, it’s one of the many reason he DID NOT get my vote!

    Posted on Monday, October 29, 2012 at 7:29pm
  12. well duh! That is no news! lol

    Posted on Monday, October 29, 2012 at 7:30pm
  13. Nothing new here

    Posted on Monday, October 29, 2012 at 7:30pm
  14. Fuck you Romney.

    Posted on Monday, October 29, 2012 at 7:42pm
  15. Get your LIFE!!

    Posted on Monday, October 29, 2012 at 7:46pm
  16. Prayers sent your way!

    Posted on Monday, October 29, 2012 at 8:06pm
  17. God help every single one of us (gay or straight) if this monster is elected.

    Posted on Monday, October 29, 2012 at 8:15pm
  18. Vote for Obama so everyone can have the same rights as a human being.

    Posted on Monday, October 29, 2012 at 8:29pm
  19. ally obama is not going to fix anything either just because he likes and agrees with particular kinds of people does not mean he can fix our unemployment rate, our deficit, our war and the rest of the shit that is so fucked up in this poor damn country

    Posted on Monday, October 29, 2012 at 9:01pm
  20. i swear i am going to vote for whoever is running for the independent party, both guys that are running are idiots, assholes, liars, bigots and so on…………….

    Posted on Monday, October 29, 2012 at 9:02pm
  21. That asshole.

    Posted on Monday, October 29, 2012 at 9:32pm
  22. Once a douche… forever a douche.

    Posted on Monday, October 29, 2012 at 9:35pm
  23. Fuck Romney!

    Posted on Monday, October 29, 2012 at 9:51pm
  24. He prefers children raised in mormon’s polygamist families, rather than gay parents? WTF

    Posted on Monday, October 29, 2012 at 9:54pm
  25. Vote Obama please for our sake

    Posted on Monday, October 29, 2012 at 11:33pm
  26. Such a douche

    Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 4:36am
  27. This man opens his mouth and it is like we go back 50-60 years, he needs to just stop talking.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 5:07am
  28. Romney = Dork

    Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 6:47am
  29. You guys are too angry!;p

    Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 7:48am
  30. He keeps digging that hole deeper n deeper

    Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 11:24am
  31. Bias, Bigot, Discriminator more like it.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 11:37am
  32. What a jerk!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 11:57am
  33. Doesn’t he have a conscience?
    He will never know how sad it is to lose rights and equality just because we love somebody we love. So shortsighted and discriminatory. Nothing would bother him if same sex marriage was legal.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 1:12pm
  34. Bastard!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 2:58pm
  35. I can’t bear the idea he might win

    Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 3:37pm
  36. Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 5:54pm
  37. We have reason to be

    Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 5:54pm
  38. Look at those bigots and racist clapping where is a crazed gunman when you really need one.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 9:48pm
  39. What a dick…

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 5:35am
  40. So much for separation of church and state….

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 7:10am
  41. OMG

    Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 10:38am