Romney Against Gay Parents, Families

In 1994, Romney–running for Senate against Ted Kennedy–claimed he would be better for gays than Senator Kennedy. Ten years later, in 2004, to then-Massachusetts‘ Governor Romney’s dismay, his state became the first to legalize gay marriage..

Not only is Romney against gay rights, he is appalled by gay families. (Emphases mine.)

Romney hadn’t even previously fathomed that gay people had children. Boston Spirit magazine reported last month that when gay activists met with him in his office in 2004, as Romney was backing a failed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in the state, Romney remarked, “I didn’t know you had families.”

Julie Goodridge…asked what she should tell her 8-year-old daughter about why the governor would block the marriage of her parents. According to Goodridge, Romney responded,”I don’t really care what you tell your adopted daughter. Why don’t you just tell her the same thing you’ve been telling her the last eight years.”

The complete lack of empathy was the worst; Romney didn’t connect, just sat there blank-faced until asking “Are you done?” After that, he invited the press in and described the meeting as “pleasant”–as Goodridge sobbed in the hallway.

Romney also refused to issue birth certificates with “parent” and “second parent” on them, insisting the birth certificates not only be altered, but that each one be approved by his office. .

As a Department of Health attorney warned Romney, the children would be disadvantaged and would have trouble applying to school or getting drivers licenses as adults, particularly in a post-9/11 world where they might be considered security risks, having birth certificates that appeared altered. It was a “violation of existing statutes,” the attorney warned Romney. But Romney waved off the warnings, not caring about the legal, psychological or personal ramifications.

Romney not caring.

Romney as usual.