Boston Globe reports that in 2003, then-Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney rejected a state Registry of Vital Records and Statistics plan to revise birth certificate forms to say "father or second parent" rather than "father."
"But to then-Governor Mitt Romney, who opposed child-rearing by gay couples, the proposal symbolized unacceptable changes in traditional family structures," writes Boston Globe reporter Murray Waas.
"He 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. Only after winning 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."