The MassResistance blog began in early 2005 with a Massachusetts focus on judicial tyranny, same-sex "marriage", and LGBT activism in our schools. We broadened our focus to national-level threats to our Judeo-Christian heritage, the Culture of Life, and free speech. In 2006, Article 8 Alliance adopted the name "MassResistance" for its organization.
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[7-20-2011 NOTE: The E-book edition is no longer available.]
Just Published: A Hard-Hitting Book on Mitt Romney’s Pro-Homosexual Record while Governor of Massachusetts
Massachusetts pro-family activist Amy Contrada has just released her definitive study of Mitt Romney’s role in implementing ‘gay marriage,’ promoting GLBT ‘rights,’ and supporting the sexual-radical agenda in the Massachusetts schools while Governor. The book is now available at Amazon.
Mitt Romney’s Deception: His Stealth Promotion of ‘Gay Rights’ and ‘Gay Marriage’ in Massachusetts
By Amy L. Contrada
$9.99 at Amazon Kindle (2nd Kindle Edition, March 2011)
Contrada details how Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney supported the homosexual and transgender agenda on same-sex ‘marriage,’ sexual-radical indoctrination in the schools, and societal transformation – while posing as a defender of the Constitution and traditional family values.
Mitt Romney is no conservative, despite his attempts to appeal to that element in the Republican Party. He is an ‘establishment fixer’ – a preserver of the status quo at best, or a promoter of social liberal causes and institutions at worst. In Massachusetts, the establishment – protected and advanced by Romney – was uniquely committed to the radical homosexual and transgender agenda.
Conservatives will find Contrada’s research invaluable in evaluating Romney as a Presidential candidate. Even those uninterested in Romney will find this a fascinating record of sexual-radical activism, whether for same-sex ‘marriage’ or school programs promoting GLBT ‘rights.’ The book is a rare combination of political history and analysis, enlivened by uncompromising commentary from a front-line activist.
Focusing on the issue of ‘gay rights,’ Contrada documents Romney’s largely untold history as Governor of Massachusetts:
• How Romney implemented same-sex ‘marriage’ while ignoring the Massachusetts Constitution.
• How Romney followed a constitutional amendment strategy doomed to failure, while ignoring the possibility of removing the judges who ruled for same-sex ‘marriage.’
• How Romney undermined the principle of religious freedom and failed to defend Catholic Charities in the ‘homosexual adoptions’ fiasco.
• How Romney implemented radical homosexual and transgender programs in his Department of Social Services and Department of Public Health.
• How Romney funded and promoted homosexual and transgender indoctrination in the public schools through his Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth, and his Department of Education ‘Safe Schools’ programs.
• How Romney worked directly with radical homosexual activists to promote their self-defined ‘rights.’
• And much more.
The book is superbly documented with over 900 detailed footnotes directly linked to sources. It includes a compendium of Romney’s public statements related to ‘gay rights’; contemporary commentary; a detailed timeline covering Romney’s implementation of same-sex marriage; extensive detail on sexual-radical indoctrination in the Massachusetts schools; and many previously unpublished photographs. It is a unique resource by an activist on the front lines of the culture war during Romney’s term as Governor.
Contrada holds a B.A. summa cum laude (Tufts University), an M.A.T. (Brown University), and a Diploma in Violin Making. She is a 40-year resident of Massachusetts. Contrada has been a reporter, researcher, writer, and office staffer for the pro-family organization MassResistance (Waltham, MA) since 2004.
Dianne Wilkerson, former super advocate for GLBT causes in the State Senate, has been sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison for accepting $23,500 in bribes. Those are the bribes they know about. The sentencing judge "assail[ed] the state's political culture."
Here's Wilkerson marching in the 2006 Boston Pride parade with her good friend from MassEquality, Marc Solomon. Talk about the culture of corruption.
US District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock agreed with Assistant US Attorney John T. McNeil, who argued that Massachusetts politics have become so cynical that two former House speakers convicted of federal crimes — Charles F. Flaherty and Thomas M. Finneran — were “welcomed back like they were some sort of heroes’’ at State House ceremonies on Wednesday. Neither Flaherty nor Finneran was sentenced to prison.
“It’s clear the sentencing imposed for criminal conduct here and, frankly, in other industrial states, hasn’t been sufficient,’’ said Woodlock. Referring to a culture of political corruption in Massachusetts, Woodlock said, “That Gordian knot has not been cut. People go back to do it again.’’
Sexual tension in the ranks means the end of military discipline.
The U.S. military took its first step on the sexual slippery slope when it admitted women to the military academies in the mid-1970s. Later, women began serving on the frontlines (just one way Bill Clinton ensured the decline of our once proud military and kowtowed to the radical feminists). The denial of reality—that there was no new element of sexual tension acting as a distraction from discipline—began then.
The incorporation of women at least involved normal sexuality. And if a woman became pregnant, she would be discharged. Still, enormous damage has been done.
Now, with the repeal of the ban on homosexuals serving openly, we will see increased tensions, this time with an unnatural and perverted sexuality endangering discipline—and it will be more pervasive in the daily life of a soldier. Where men and women are at least segregated in their housing, bathrooms, etc., this will not be the case with homosexuals.
What a betrayal by our new Senator Brown to vote for the repeal of this important element of discipline. But then, he probably doesn’t have a problem showering no matter who is ogling him.
They hate conservative Republicans. They hate MassResistance. They hate social conservatives, like Attorney General candidate Jim McKenna -- because he's pro-life, pro-real-marriage, and supports DOMA. They hate conservative Congressional candidate Jeff Perry.
They like Bay Windows, which prints phony interviews with candidates.
Republican Lt. Gov. candidate Richard Tisei, an "out" homosexual and GLBT activist, was the invited main speaker at the Waltham Tea Party rally on the Waltham Common on Sunday. Also included were several other statewide, congressional, and legislative candidates.
Except for being a "Republican", Tisei is the unlikeliest person to be featured by Tea Partiers. He was a co-sponsor of the Transgender Rights and Hate Crimes Bill, has a 100% pro-abortion rating, and has a disturbing record as a state senator opposing tax cuts.
Tisei at the podium in Waltham (MassResistance photo).
This fellow, however, was not welcome. When the organizers saw his sign they immediately told him he had to put it away or leave.
Slippery slope alert in the heartland: A Missouri couple are being applauded by PROMO, the GLBT advocacy group in Missouri, for supporting their very young child "coming out" as transgender -- starting at the age of two-and-a-half! This is unreal. Also involved are the Safe Schools Coalition of Missouri and "Growing American Youth" of Missouri.
PROMO is "Missouri's statewide organization advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality through legislative action, electoral politics, grassroots organizing, and community education." They sent this out a few days ago in recognition of National Coming Out Day:
I was lucky enough to talk to a mom from St. Charles who comes out every day as a mother of a transgender child. The first time I heard her story as she came out to me as an openly transgender family, I was choked up over the phone because I was so proud knowing there are families like hers who step up, come out, and stand strong together every day. I wanted to share her family's story with you to celebrate all of the differences and similarities in each of our coming out stories. I hope this mom's story inspires you to come out for yourself and to come out for those around you.
We are the parents of a seven-year-old transgender son. He came out to us when he was just two years and eight months old. As young as our child was, he has always made it clear that he wanted people to "know" who he was and seldom missed an opportunity to let a family member or close friend know that he was actually a boy -- not a girl. As he grew, so did his insistence that he was a boy. I so admired his strength and courage.
As his parents, and once we understood that "he knows who he is," we came to the conclusion early that forcing him to live as something he is not would be heartless and cruel. God does not make mistakes. And God gave us this beautiful and courageous child who I grow prouder of every single day.
Our son expressed a deep desire that we begin letting everyone know that he was actually a boy. So earlier this year, we sat down with immediate family members to let them know we would be allowing our child to transition. We sent a heartfelt letter to extended family members. We told close friends. We told his dentist and pediatrician. We told co-workers. We told neighbors. We told our pastor and church leaders. We told the staff at our son's summer camp. We changed schools, and at our son's insistence, we told the administrators we wanted to come into the school as an openly transgender family. The school sent a letter to the homes of all first grade students explaining what it means to be transgender.
We have had an incredible outpouring a love from many, and we have suffered the worst pain imaginable -- watching our child be rejected. But we follow our child's lead and march forward. He says, "It's always better to tell the truth, Mom. Just tell the truth."
Our hope is that by coming out, we will touch lives with our story in a way that brings meaning and understanding. Our prayer will continue to be that our son can find his place in this world -- openly and without ever feeling he needs to hide.
We thank God every single day for sending us this precious and special child. We feel blessed and grateful to have him in our lives.
Brian and Kim
Today, on National Coming Out Day, I challenge you to "come out" to 5 new people -- people with whom you have never talked about it. Some of you might say, "Well, everyone knows." I say, "Come out to a stranger, and tell them why it's important that they know."
On Saturday, November 20th, the Safe Schools Coalition of Missouri is hosting the 2010 Youth Empowerment Summit at the University of Missouri campus in Columbia, Missouri. I encourage youth and adults to come and learn how to change lives from being bullied to being an empowered leader and standing up to bullying in schools and communities.
If you cannot attend the summit in November but still want to help and be a part of changing and empowering a young person's life here in Missouri,for just $25, one young person's travel, food, and summit cost will be taken care of. Thank you for all that you do to change the lives of our young people.
The latest from that radical "Catholic" university, Boston College: Its student newspaper reports that bisexuality was a big focus for National Coming Out Week this year. There are lots of misconceptions about this "identity":
To celebrate NCOW, the GLC has been hosting various events throughout the week. On Tuesday, the group hosted a panel on bisexuality, during which five undergraduate students from BC spoke about their personal experiences and the issue of bisexuality on campus.
"People often tell me that I should just be straight because I have more options, that I should lean more toward the opposite sex," said Rachel Graves, one of the panelists and A&S '11. "But I wouldn't want to do that because that is not being who I am. I would not be honest with myself if I claimed that I am either straight or gay."
"Both gay and straight communities tend to have some misconceptions about bisexuals," Graves said.
She and other panelists said they felt that some people think bisexuals claim that they are so because they are either going through a "phase" in which they feel uncertain about their sexuality, or do not want to come to terms with the fact that they are homosexual.
"This misconception is sometimes an encumbrance when dating because the partner feels insecure about the bisexual's sexuality, and thus, the relationship in general," Graves said.
"The panel was very interesting because it explored an identity that is often overlooked in the GLBTQ community," said Clifton James, CSOM '12, who attended on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, the GLC hosted an event called "Guess Who's Gay," in which the audience tried to figure out if a panelist is straight or GLBTQ. Members of the panel were behind sheets through which only their silhouettes and voices were discernible.
Tonight, there will be an event called "Opening Boston's Closet," during which students will gather and talk about their sexual identities. Friday will be "Show Your Love Day" across the campus. People are encouraged to hug as many people as they can between classes.
And the BC kids think they have wisdom. Homosexuality is "perhaps the great theological question of our time," they write. The Church just hasn't given it enough thought. From the Cardinal Newman Society "Campus Notes" blog:
An article by the editorial board of the Boston College student newspaper site BCHeights.com upbraids the Catholic Church for its stance on gay issues. The authors seem to take for granted that the Catholic Church’s teaching on the gay lifestyle must be wrong. Their point is that Catholic thought on the subject would eventually come around to acceptance of the gay lifestyle if only the Church would study the question more. Boston College is the place to do it, they argue.
“We empathize with students who were raised Catholic but who have been driven out by homophobic attitudes. The Church has to realize that its intolerance may deter people who do not identify as GLBTQ, as well. . . The Church has to face the fact that there are thousands, maybe millions of Catholics out there praying for some real discussion about the deeply personal struggle in their souls. This is, perhaps, the great theological question of our time, and BC, if it aspires to be a leader in the Catholic world, should explore ways to submit the question to rigorous examination. . . Faith and reason sometimes make a tenuous pair, but for thousands of years people in the Church have found ways to wed the two. . . BC needs to become a place where the tangled knot of Catholic moral theology on GLBTQ issues can be unraveled and debated by intelligent, thinking believers.”
BC Heights’ editorial board posted their opinions as Boston College’s celebration of National Coming Out Week continues.
The “GLBTQ Leadership Council” celebrates National Coming Out Week every first week of October. The Council president said, “Administrators sometimes face obstructions in helping us when they feel that the GLC activities are not aligned with Jesuit principles. But they are usually supportive of us.”
Another leader of the GLBTQ Leadership Council said, “Our school is more open to gays compared to some other Catholic institutions such as Notre Dame, and the administration has given us much help in coming this far. We were able to have our first gala in the spring of 2009 and start selling ‘support love’ t-shirts in 2008.”
Linda Harvey at MissionAmerica has a great article on the sexual-radical political lobby's exploitation of tragic suicides by confused teens. The damage done by their homosexual indoctrination programs in our schools is immeasurable. (My family has experienced it first-hand.)
Details are sketchy in the recent rash of homosexual-related teen suicides throughout the nation, but already the "gay" lobby is ready to exploit our children one more time....
How do families and school communities cope with such tragedy? As a parent, I cannot even imagine the heartbreak. In trying to prevent such devastating events in the future, emotional manipulation can lead schools and communities to implement wrongheaded, harmful plans of action. That's what is being attempted now. But it's nothing new. It's been the modus operandi of homosexual activism for the past 20 years.
It's time to stop it, now.
Would widespread community embrace of homosexuality and gender-switching prevent some of these suicides? Or is misinformation actually a contributor to the despair embedded in these tragedies?
The homosexual lobby has gone into full demand mode, particularly GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) and the Human Rights Campaign. Obama Education Secretary Arne Duncan hosted a national summit on bullying with homosexual activists present and featuring former GLSEN president and "safe schools" czar Kevin Jennings. There's a renewed press for passage of H.R. 4530, national legislation that goes beyond stronger anti-bullying measures to incorporate mandatory pro-"gay" propaganda. ...
The already troubled youngster is often the one drawn to homosexuality or gender compromise and is extremely vulnerable. For many reasons, the grand experiment is crashing before our eyes. But it's our precious young people, the targets of the double barrels of cruel words as well as cruel sexual manipulation, who are paying the ultimate price.
There is a rich scandal ongoing in the Massachusetts Catholic Church. The Boston Archdiocese is sponsoring a so-called "social justice" conference next weekend. It sounds nice enough in its milquetoast description:
Join parishes from around the Archdiocese of Boston to learn more about Catholic Social Teaching, celebrate the work for justice already going on, and find out concrete ways to connect faith with action in the service of justice.
Revelations about the featured speakers at theBoston Archdiocese’s Social Justice conference this coming Saturday are getting worse every day, and more and more Catholics from across the country are sounding the alarm bells as part of our “Boston Catholic Tea Party” protest. Today we hear more about support for gay activism and Marxism by the two featured speakers, Fr. James Massaro and Fr. Bryan Hehir, respectively. Yes, we said Marxism. Read on to see details of Fr. Hehir’s infamous talk in the “Matthew, Marx, Luke, and John” series at the left-leaning, Marxist-oriented Institute for Policy Studies. Could the Boston Archdiocese possibly pick two worse speakers to place on the speaking podium? ...
Marxism and Fr. Bryan Hehir- We’ll get to more on the GLBT agenda supported by the commission Fr. Massaro co-chairs, but first, the Marxism angle and Fr. Bryan Hehir.
What you may not have known is Fr. Hehir’s past involvement with the Marxist-oriented, gay-agenda-supportive Washington, DC think tank, the Institute for Policy Studies. Fr. Hehir gave multiple talks there in the 1980s, including speaking in their Washington School series, “Matthew, Marx, Luke, and John” in October of 1983.
As you’ll see by this content on Religious Left Exposed, during the 1980s, the IPS served as a base of operations for those opposed to President Ronald Reagan’s anti-communist foreign policy. It was dedicated to the establishment of revolutionary Marxist and anti-American regimes in Central and Latin America and elsewhere and describes itself as the nation’s oldest progressive multi-issue think-tank. A New York Times Magazine article from April of 2001 exposes IPS as founded on radical, revolutionary and Marxist principles …
In 1984 [the IPS] hosted “Sister Boom-Boom” of the “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence,” a group of “Queer Nuns” who mocked the Catholic Church. The history of the IPS on their website proudly conveys how “Rita Mae Brown wrote and published her path-breaking lesbian coming-of-age novel Rubyfruit Jungle while on the staff in the 1970s.” ...
Good to see this promotion of Jeff Perry in Human Events. Unlike Scott Brown, Perry is PRO-LIFE and was one of only two State Reps to vote against Romney’s socialized health care reform in Massachusetts. Plus, he favors term limits!
Issues, issues, and more issues. That’s all State Rep. Jeff Perry really wants to discuss. Whether it is his support for the right to keep and bear arms, his pro-life stance or his desire to repeal the Democrats’ healthcare measure enacted by Congress earlier this year, the Republican nominee for Congress has an opinion and detailed facts to back it up. And Perry believes, with all his heart, that the terms “conservative” and “Republican” should be basically the same.
So what makes him so special among scores of Republicans running for the House of Representatives this year? That’s an easy question to answer: Jeff Perry is from Massachusetts. In a state where liberal Republicans such as Sen. (1966-78) Ed Brooke and former Gov. (1990-96) William Weld are the norm and conservative GOPers rare, attorney and former policeman Perry is proof that times are changing. It has been said that Republican Sen. Scott Brown, whose capture of Ted Kennedy’s seat made international headlines in January, has taken positions that Brooke, Weld et al. would never have thought of adopting.
If Brown is the first step in a sea change in Bay State politics, then Perry is the next step. Backed by Brown’s on line and field strategists State Rep. Perry handily won the Republican nomination for Congress in the 10th District (Cape Cod) over
… the Democratic nominee is Norfolk County District Attorney William Keating. As Perry observed, “He is the opposite of me on issues from gun control to healthcare, and, most important of all, he will vote to make Nancy Pelosi speaker again. I won’t.”
There is one other significant difference between the contenders in the 10th District. As a state legislator and now as a candidate for Congress, Perry has been a champion of term limits. In his words, “I said I would serve no more than four or five terms as a legislator and kept my promise. I will do the same in Congress. That’s what members did for many years—went back to their homes and worked in the private sector. That’s how it should be.”
Jeff Perry for Congress, P.O. Box 1435, Sandwich, Mass. 02563.
So, let's see... Is it "anti-gay" to be concerned that so many men are terribly sick and don't know it? That the promotion of homosexual behaviors as "just another option" is the reason behind this? This is very sad... Yet our schools and culture continue to tell young men and women that anal intercourse is a legitimate and safe means of sexual expression. And as with abortion, this is hitting our black population the hardest.
Many gay, bisexual men don’t know they have HIV By Mike Stobbe Associated Press / September 24, 2010 ATLANTA — One in five sexually active gay and bisexual men has the AIDS virus, and nearly half of those don’t know they are infected, a federal study of 21 US cities says. Specialists said the findings are similar to earlier research, but the study released yesterday is the largest to look at gay and bisexual US men at high risk for HIV. More than 8,000 men were tested and interviewed, and 44 percent of those who had the virus didn’t know they had it. Overall, less than half of 1 percent of Americans have the AIDS virus, according to a calculation by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a research and policy organization in Washington, D.C. But gay and bisexual men continue to be infected at much higher rates, said Jennifer Kates, Kaiser’s director of global health and HIV policy. That’s why a new national AIDS strategy, unveiled by the White House in July, is emphasizing more of a government focus on men who have sex with men and others at the highest risk of being infected, Kates said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends HIV testing at least once a year for all men who have sex with men and are sexually active, but research indicates more than half don’t get tested. An earlier study in just five cities in 2004-05 found similar results. The new study, conducted in 2008, included 16 additional cities. Researchers offered free testing to the men, interviewed them, and paid around $25 for their participation. Black men who were sexually active with other men were more likely to have HIV, with 28 percent reportedly infected, compared with 18 percent of their Hispanic counterparts and 16 percent of white homosexuals. Black homosexuals were also least likely to know they were infected — about 60 percent didn’t know they had HIV — compared with 46 percent of Hispanics and 26 percent of whites.
So, this is what the Smith College girls are up to when they're not busy rioting at Republican Club events, shutting down speeches by the great Ryan Sorba. (See MassResistance, 4-29-08: "Lesbian activists at Smith College riot, shut down Ryan Sorba speech on 'The Born Gay Hoax' as police watch." Exclusive videos here.) He had a message they didn't want to hear, i.e. that their sexual behaviors were choices, not their inborn fates that just had to come out.) We do wonder why the article doesn't mention the "transmen" on campus. From the Smith College newspaper:
Sex and the Smithie: A new place, a new you
The Sex and the Smithie column will be written by a different student each week. The article will be printed anonymously if the author wishes. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in writing a sex column.
The excitement of coming to college can be titillating in more ways than one - if you know what I mean. Are you thinking about sex yet? Classes, clubs, sports and friendships might be great, but for many finding someone with which to share it all ranks high on their list of priorities for college life. Students arriving at Smith for their first year have a high schooler's perception of what college sex is like, and those perceptions can often stray from reality. But never fear, first-years: we're here to help.
So what do first years think college sex will be like? Hollywood tells us that our fellow co-eds have it, all the time. Forget homework, forget sleep, just chug down that third Pabst Blue Ribbon and get down to business.
But things at Smith are a little bit different. Things like that hot lesbian threesome going on in the end shower. For one, we don't have guys, driving the heterosexual population to desperation and the queers directly to heaven. But just how different are we?
For starters, there's no Greek life, which means no hypersexualized sorority sisters and testosterone-fueled frat rows. Head down Route Nine for that. Sure we have parties, and guys attend, just in much smaller numbers than at other colleges. But hey, you first-years picked Smith for other reasons. Like an education.
High school students often think of college both as a place of rampant hookups and as one where they can possibly meet someone who they'll spend the rest of their lives with. Here, Smith might fit the stereotype. Some students will find their significant others here or in the area - and in the meantime, hookups are happening. Everywhere. Straight girls might need to plan ahead, but it's still common.
Another great difference between Smith and the college stereotype is concern about STDs and pregnancy. Smithies will talk at length about vaginas and UTIs, but you rarely hear the words gonorrhea or abortion outside of a pro-choice context. Maybe we've heard one too many body-conscious lectures, but Smithies seem to be pretty good about avoiding the bad stuff that comes from sex.
Lastly, most Smithies are desensitized to sex: we're not shocked when we talk about it. High school students are uncomfortable when they hear frank discussions about sex, but at Smith openness is the norm. On the flip side, many students do choose to keep things private, and this is respected as well. However, overhearing the girl down the hall from you telling her partner what she plans to do with the extra can of whip cream is more likely.
Before we leave you, we'd like to offer a short list of tips for all you first-years to help you survive your sexual Smith experience.
1. Condoms are provided for free in most of the bathrooms around campus. You know what to do with them - and yes, this could mean tube-shaped balloons.
2. Noise control. Smithies, these houses are old and poorly insulated. Play some music, get some pillows to bite, do what you have to do.
3. Smith is a vortex of queer drama. Do what you can to fight the madness.
4. Slow down. Four years is a long time.
5. Talk to your roommate - beforehand! - and have a signal that you both know to convey that the door needn't be opened. Socks on doorhandles, stars on whiteboardsâ€¦you get the idea.
6. House booty is bad booty, almost 69.69 percent of the time.
7. If you wouldn't do it sober, don't do it.
8. Toys. Not the kind from Toys-R-Us.
9. Go to an Emily Nagoski lecture, the Wellness Education Director. You'll learn a lot.
Here's a good report on Romney's poor performance at the Values Voters Summit in D.C. last weekend. Despite his failure to move the audience and his poor showing in their straw poll (coming in 3rd after Mike Pence and Mike Huckabee), we predict he will forge ahead and dump millions into the the race. It will be interesting to watch whether National Review, Tony Perkins (Family Research Council), and other establishment "conservatives" support him this time around.
In addition to his weakness on conservative social issues, Fischer highlights the horrible RomneyCare health plan he foisted on this state, with its $50 abortions. (And please, conservatives, remember that the supposedly conservative Heritage Foundation had a hand in devising Romney's mandated coverage health plan!)
Much more on Romney to come. Stay tuned.
Mitt Romney is toast by Bryan Fischer @ Renew America (Sept. 21, 2010)
I just returned from the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., and the main takeaway is this: Mitt Romney is toast. Tony Perkins and FRC Action were entirely right to invite Romney to speak. (AFA Action was a co-sponsor of the event.) Romney is eager to court the pro-family community, and deserved the opportunity to persuade values-driven voters of his bona fides. In this task he failed. While one conservative leader after another — Mike Huckabee, Michelle Bachmann, Mike Pence, and Jim DeMint to name a few — rang the chimes on the importance of keeping social issues at the heart of the conservative agenda, Mr. Romney managed only one passing reference to the sanctity of life and sanctity of marriage. On top of that, Romney's speech came across as plastic, forced, and stilted. He was the only speaker of the weekend to use a teleprompter, and at times tried to be more of a stand-up comic than a political leader. He seemed to be working to get a Las Vegas lounge act instead of a seat in the Oval Office. While other conservative speakers spoke from the heart, he spoke from a script. But it is his glaring weaknesses on social issues that will doom his chances for electoral success in 2012. He was given the feature slot at the Values Voter Summit, the last spot on the Friday morning slate, and his speech fell flatter than the proverbial pancake. Response was polite but tepid. ... more...
So we’re not surprised to see “Laramie” being pushed again by Arts Emerson and the Boston Globe this week. They’re even exploiting the Governor’s daughter as a “panelist”. Emerson faculty are working with the sexual-radical groups GLAD, GLAAD, PFLAG, GLSEN, Matthew Shepard Foundation, Human Rights Campaign, and Boston’s “Theater Offensive” (“ambitious programming [on] the cutting edge of queer culture and politics”) to promote their ideology and sense of victimhood, and encourage everyone to “take action against hate”:
The moderator will be former ABC news anchor and current Leader-in-Residence in Emerson College’s Journalism Department Carole Simpson. "It is my pleasure to moderate a panel exploring the plight of the LBGT communities," said Simpson. "Their problems of discrimination, physical abuse and exclusion have been overlooked too long. The issues need to come 'out of the closet' into the light of public understanding. I hope I can facilitate that. I lost a close relative to AIDS. Through him I learned firsthand the difficulties he had by being 'different.'"
ArtsEmerson’s “The Laramie Residency’’ includes panel discussions and Tectonic Theater Project’s “The Laramie Project’’ and “The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later.’’ Tonight’s discussion, “The Struggle for GLBT Rights and Protections,’’ focuses on the Shepard/Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act, civil rights, and the impact on awareness because of “The Laramie Project.’’ Panelists include activist Katherine Patrick (Governor Deval Patrick’s daughter).
See our background study on “The Laramie Project” here.
Brown and Winslow have been friends since college and law school, and Winslow played a major role in his Senate campaign. But this is not about friendship. It’s about principles.
We’d hoped that Brown would be conservative across the board. He was a fairly reliable pro-family vote while in the Mass. legislature (though not pro-life).
Winslow looks like a qualified candidate unless you know the back story. It was Winslow who, as Gov. Mitt Romney’s Chief Legal Counsel, advised that marriage licenses be changed in May 2004 to allow same-sex couples to “marry”. He (and his boss Romney) changed the licenses without legislative authorization to read “Party A” and “Party B” instead of “bride” and “groom”. Winslow conducted the training sessions for town clerks and Justices of the Peace, threatening any who objected on religious or principled grounds that they would be fired or fined. Winslow and Romney unconstitutionally made law. The Supreme Judicial Court had not even told the Executive branch to do anything. (And the Legislature never has changed the statute to allow same-sex marriages.)
We hope that Sen. Brown does not agree with Winslow that DOMA should be overturned, that homosexual “rights” should be extended in all realms (including the military), and that there is a case to be made for “transgender rights”.
If Sen. Brown does agree with Winslow, why doesn’t he just go ahead and give an interview to the homosexual newspaper Bay Windows? They’ve been after him for months. Why hold back?
The GLBT lobby – including its transgender members – have just unanimously endorsed former Gov. Mitt Romney’s Chief Legal Counsel for State Representative. That would be Daniel Winslow, Esq.
We always knew that Romney’s legal staff was really working for “gay rights” while pretending to just enforce the “law” (the unconstitutional Goodridge marriage Court ruling). It was Winslow who himself made law (with the Governor’s assent), changing the marriage licenses in May 2004 – without the required Legislative authorization – to read “Party A & Party B” instead of “Bride & Groom”. Unbelievable.
Winslow’s website makes no mention of social issues. (He’s right in line with the state Republican establishment on that!) He does show off his old bike in a sappy nod to the Scott Brown truck.
That’s all we need: another RINO in the State House! Our old friend, Tom Lang (another RINO) at KnowThyNeighbor.org had a long conversation with Winslow at the Mass. Gay & Lesbian (& Tranny) Political Caucus meeting recently:
The Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus (MGLPC), the Leading LGBT LobbyOrganization and Key Architect for the Strategy Securing Marriage Equality, Has Endorsed Republican Daniel Winslow (9th Norfolk) And Former Mitt Romney's Chief Legal Counsel Over Democrat Challenger Stanley Nacewicz For the Massachusetts House of Representatives
Led by Co-Chair Arline Isaacson, the MGLPC voted unanimously in last week's annual meeting to endorse the Republican, Daniel Winslow over his Democratic challenger, Stan Nacewicz for the Massachusetts House Seat representing the 9th Norfolk District in Fall 2010. This District seat was formerly held by Richard Ross (R) [who marched in Boston Pride this year] who vacated it when he succesfully ran for Scott Brown's (R) Massachusetts Senate Seat after Brown's historic victory took him to Washington, DC.
Arline Isaacson touted Republican Dan Winslow for his support of The Goodridge Decision, his zero tolerance of hate crimes and told the Caucus gathering, "Winslow is what we need," in terms of a Republican that understands LGBT issues. Isaacson also gave a bit of insight into Winslow's history as the Romney attorney that changed our state's marriage license wording from "Bride and Groom" to "Party A and Party B" …
But what was interesting was that Isaacson provided the Caucus with Winslow's answers to her standard nine topic questionnaire on civil rights issues that all candidates are given. Dan Winslow answered "Yes" to all subjects ranging from Gay and Lesbian Civil Rights to HIV Funding to Opposition of DOMA to Choiceexcept one...the Transgender Civil Rights and Hate Crimes Bill. …
So what does KnowThyNeighbor [Tom Lang] think about this? I interviewed Dan Winslow extensively after the Caucus endorsement meeting. On the subject of Marriage Equality post Goodridge, Winslow says that Massachusetts needs legal updates. Winslow told me that during the Romney days many within the administration insisted that MA marriage licenses continue to read "Bride and Groom" as, according to Winslow, some wanted same gender couples to "have to decide which would be the bride and which would be the groom" or in other words force same-sex couples to humiliate themselves. Winslow was the one who pushed the "Party A/Party B" nomenclature as one of respect and dignity for same sex couples and a general equality for all parties entering into marriage. Winslow wanted to make me understand that he has 3 important legal changes to state laws post Goodridge that to him are of the utmost urgency. One, changes to current birth certificates which would recognize same sex couples. Two, the inclusion of "civil unions" and "domestic partnerships" as impediments to MA marriages (currently, two people of the same gender could be married to one another in MA while being part of a dom partnership in Washington State to another person). And Three, that MA courts must retain the jurisdiction of divorce when it comes to our same-sex marriages. … [emphasis in original]
Winslow is even moving towards supporting the Transgender Rights bill. Now that’s what we call extreme. (We thought the Republican Party didn’t want to associate with “extremists”.)
Why do these guys have an R next to their name? They’re really fifth columnists, working to undermine traditional values from within the Republican Party.
What more is needed than this to prove that Mitt Romney was actively working for “gay rights” while Governor? He surely understood his Chief Counsel’s bias, and most likely, shared it. Lots more on that soon.