When Massachusetts legalized same-sex marriage in 2003, plenty of other benefits came along with it, including a change to birth certificates that would read “father or second parent” instead of just “father.” When presidential candidate Mitt Romney was just a wee young Governor of Massachusetts, he took a disliking to this ruling. He disliked this policy so much, in fact, that he personally rejected it. Instead of just listing two parents of the same gender, individual clerks had to get lawyers involved simply to get permission to write “second parent” on the birth certificate. In ink. By hand.
According to the Boston Globe, who broke the story, Romney “insisted that his top legal staff individually review the circumstances of every birth to same-sex parents.” Because that’s definitely the best use of government time, and there was nothing else important to attend to.