Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Governor Cracks Down on Sensible Record-Keeping

From New York Newsday:

Romney Instructs Hospitals on Birth Papers

By Associated Press

July 22, 2005, 12:23 PM EDT

BOSTON -- The governor's office has instructed hospitals to cross out the word "father" on birth certificates for children of same-sex parents and substitute "second parent," angering municipal clerks.

Eric Fehrnstrom, a spokesman for Gov. Mitt Romney, said Thursday that the certificates are perfectly legal.

But municipal clerks, who register and store birth records, say the cross-outs could leave the documents open to challenges by passport agents, foreign governments and other officials.

"They should not have a birth certificate that has crosses on it," said Barnstable Town Clerk Linda E. Hutchenrider, a past president of the Massachusetts Town Clerks Association. "They should be allowed to have a birth certificate that really looks valid."

[Read the whole story]
Some might say that Romney is a son of a XXXXX. For my thoughts on how the kids of same-sex couples should be treated, see my previous post, Leave Genealogy Out of It.

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