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Former Intern Says Gay Flier Was Campaign Lit

"I don't know where those pink flyers came from," says Fehrnstrom. Barro: "The thing was organized by a full-time staffer.

Posted on January 9, 2012, at 1:50 p.m. ET

The Romney yesterday campaign denied knowing about a 2002 flier distributed by the Romney campaign during Gay Pride Week in Massachusetts while he was running for Governor.

Fehrnstrom told the Huffington Post's Sam Stein, "I don't know where those pink flyers came from. I was the communications director on the 2002 campaign. I don't know who distributed them... I never saw them and I was the communications director." Fehrnstrom continued "I never saw them and I never approved them. I'm not quite sure where they came from."

But a former Romney campaign volunteer who is now a fiscal policy scholar at a conservative think tank told BuzzFeed the flyer calling for "equal rights" were in fact campaign literature.

The Manhattan Institute's Josh Barro told BuzzFeed he was a college intern for Romney's campaign at the wage of $150 per month and the task of answering mail to Romney's running mate, Kerry Healey.

"On pride weekend, the campaign sent a contingent of about a half-dozen of us to the post-parade festival on Boston Common to hand out those flyers," he said in an email.

"The thing was organized by a full-time staffer," he said, adding that he couldn't recall her name.

Fehrnstorm also denied that Romney had ever supported civil unions saying "He has not been in favor of civil unions, if by civil unions you mean the equivalency to marriage but without the name marriage. What he has favored, and he talked about this, I believe, last night, was a form of domestic partnership or a contractual relationship with reciprocal benefits."

But a 2003 document unearthed on the Governor's old website seems to contradict the claim. In response to the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage, Romney called for civil union legislation. The document reads "Gov. Mitt Romney told reporters that he believed a civil unions statute would "be sufficient" to satisfy the justices' concerns. Joining Romney in the call for civil union legislation was Rep. Eugene O'Flaherty, chairman of the House's Committee on the Judiciary."