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Mitt Romney Had Every Child Born To Gay Parents Investigated While Governor of Massachusetts

To comply with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling that legalized gay marriage in 2003 in that state, the state MA Registry of Vital Records and Statistics said it needed to revise its birth certificate forms for babies born to same-sex couples.

Then Governor Mitt Romney, who opposed idea of children raised by gay couples, rejected the Registry of Vital Records plan and insisted that his top legal staff individually review the circumstances of every birth to same-sex parents despite a warnings from a Department of Public Health lawyer who said such a system placed the children of same-sex parents at an unfair disadvantage and wasting millions of dollars in Massachusetts tax payer dollars.

In remarks that Romney delivered before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington in which he decried the state Supreme Judicial Court’s ruling Romney said: “The children of America have the right to have a father and a mother. What should be the ideal for raising a child? Not a village, not ‘parent A’ and ‘parent B,’ but a mother and a father.’’

Romney also warned about impact of gay parents raising children. “Scientific studies of children raised by same-sex couples are almost nonexistent,’’ he said. “It may affect the development of children and thereby future society as a whole.’’

Romney’s legal staff individually reviewed and investigated every birth to same-sex parents until Romney was voted out of office.

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