Saturday, October 27, 2012

Tina Fey Takes Republicans To Task Over Abortion and Rape And More On Mitt Romney's Disdain For Gay Marriage

So when Romney does not get his way he uses his position of authority to use dirty tricks or whatever he has to achieve his own agenda. Reminds one of Richard Nixon and the Republican /Bircher/ Goldwater/ Ratfinks of the 1960s who believed that any action taken to achieve their agenda was by its very nature morally right .  and to question their actions is to show a gross misunderstanding and naivete and stupidity about  how the world actually works.

After all is said and done Romney is not a compassionate conservative rather he has no empathy for those who are different from him and his peers that is white, heterosexual wealthy males who espouse the correct religious views and values and so adhere's to a form of  Prosperity Gospel  and mean-spirited winner takes all form of monopolistic graven capitalism even if that means cheating or ignoring the rules written and unwritten. Like Cheney and Rumsfeld he views laws which he does not like or interfere with his activities as quaint and obstacles to be ignored or eliminated.

Mitt Romney While governor of Massachusetts after the state lost its case to ban same sex marriage Romney took it on himself to wage a campaign against Gay couples with children by refusing to simply to change birth certificates forms to reflect the change in the law . Instead he ordered his lawyers to investigate every instance of a child born to same sex couples before issuing a birth certificate and even then he insisted that the word father be struck out by pen and second parents name be written in pen and by doing so according to his own legal advisers this might render these birth certificates as questionable documents which could create problems for the child and the same sex parents. Since Governor Mitt Romney didn't win the case banning gay marriages he used his power as governor to interfere with and thwart the ruling of the courts on the issue.

Romney rejected new birth certificates for gay parents As governor, he ordered review for each child By Murray Waas Globe Correspondent October 25, 2012

It seemed like a minor adjustment. To comply with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling that legalized gay marriage in 2003, the state Registry of Vital Records and Statistics said it needed to revise its birth certificate forms for babies born to same-sex couples. The box for “father” would be relabeled “father or second parent,’’ reflecting the new law.

But to then-Governor Mitt Romney, who opposed child-rearing by gay couples, the proposal symbolized unacceptable changes in traditional family structures.

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.

Divisions between the governor’s office and state bureaucrats over the language on the forms and details about the extraordinary effort by the Republican governor to prevent routine recording of births to gay parents are contained in state records obtained by the Globe this month.

Deliberations about the policies, including dozens of exchanges about the marriages and births of individual families, are recounted in e-mails and legal memos sent between the governor’s office and lawyers at the Department of Public Health, which oversees the Registry of Vital Records.

...Romney delivered remarks before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington in which he decried the state Supreme Judicial Court’s ruling and its effect on child-rearing. He outlined his misgivings about the request from the Registry of Vital Records.

“The children of America have the right to have a father and a mother,’’ Romney said in his prepared remarks. “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 the societal 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 expressed similar beliefs during a speech in 2005 to socially conservative voters in South Carolina, as he was beginning to be viewed as a serious candidate for president.

“Some gays are actually having children born to them,’’ he declared. “It’s not right on paper. It’s not right in fact. Every child has a right to a mother and father.’’

Changes to Massachusetts birth certificates formally acknowledging children to same-sex marriages did not come into effect until after Governor Deval Patrick, a Democrat, assumed office.

The birth-certificates episode reflects a constantly evolving approach on gay rights for the former Massachusetts governor. Romney ran for Senate in 1994 promising to be a moderate champion of homosexual rights.

But he hardened his stance while governor and during preparations for his 2008 run for president, as he sought support from the religious conservatives who vote disproportionately in Republican presidential primaries.

After the Supreme Judicial Court ruling, he actively supported efforts in Massachusetts for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

...In his current presidential bid, Romney continues to oppose gay marriage and has said he supports amending the US Constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman. President Obama said in May that he supports gay marriage, after withholding his judgment for most of his term.

...“The race, religion, or sexual orientation of parents should not matter,’’ said Zach Wahls, a 19-year-old college student and Obama supporter who gained national attention when he testified before an Iowa state legislative committee about his experience being raised by two mothers. “The single most important factor is whether the parents are willing to put in the time, the blood, the sweat, and toil to do what it takes to raise children.’’

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