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Mass. homosexual lobby endorses Dan Winslow -- Gov. Mitt Romney's chief legal counsel -- for state representative

Supports Republican Winslow against a liberal Democrat!

POSTED: Sept 28, 2010

The state's leading homosexual lobby group has endorsed Dan Winslow, running for state representative on Nov. 2. Winslow was Gov. Mitt Romney's chief legal counsel who advised Romney how to accommodate (rather than ignore) the 2003 Goodrich court decision on same-sex "marriage" and who was the inside force behind modifying the state's marriage licenses to be "gay-friendly" -- as the homosexual lobby now makes public.

As the MassResistance blog first reported last week, this also confirms what was long suspected: 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 himself who in effect made law (with the Governor's assent) by changing the marriage licenses in May 2004 - without the required Legislative authorization - to read "Party A & Party B" instead of "Bride & Groom".  He also personally conducted the "training sessions" for Town Clerks and Justices of the Peace in how to accomodate same-sex "marriages".

Here's how Tom Lang, president of KnowThyNeighbor (one of the most hateful and vicious homosexual activist groups in the state) described the endorsement of Winslow in his blog (NOTE: spelling errors remain):

Massachusetts Gay Lobby Endorses Mitt Romney's Attorney for 2010 House Seat
September 16, 2010

The Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus (MGLPC), the Leading LGBT Lobby Organization 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 vacated it when he successfully ran for Scott Brown's (R) Massachusetts Senate Seat after Brown's historic victory took him to Washington, DC.

But what makes this endorsement very unusual in LGBT politics is that Dan Winslow was Governor Mitt Romney's Chief Legal Counsel during Massachusetts fight for Marriage Equality (2002-2005). Romney as we all remember worked with the bigots at the Massachusetts Family Institute as well as the Catholic Church, Black Ministerial Alliance and various and sundry other anti-gay organizations to redact the Goodridge Decision, stop same-sex marriages, and leave gays and lesbian couples, their families and children unprotected in the Commonwealth.

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" (more on that to follow).

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 Choice except one...the Transgender Civil Rights and Hate Crimes Bill. On this topic Winslow's report to Caucus voters was not a "yes" or a "no" but an "asterix." Isaacson explained that Dan Winslow would like to know more about the Transgender Rights Bill and Transgender people in general before answering that part of Isaacson's questionnaire (a learning opportunity that many LGBT activists and Democratic State leges will not allow Charlie Baker (R) who is running against Deval Patrick (D) for Governor this fall). With this Daniel Winslow still received a unanimous endorsement of the room which included mostly Democrats, Stonewall Democrats, various Democratic delegates, an ACLU lawyer and the Chair of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, Gunner Scott . . .

More radical than anyone imagined. Lang went on to describe his own discussion with Winslow, about Winslow's strong pro-gay advocacy, both in the Romney administration and now. This includes Winslow's surprising admission that it was he who forced the changing of the state's marriage licenses to accommodate same-sex "marriage". It also includes his promise to be a continuing pro-homosexual advocate in the State House:

So what does KnowThyNeighbor 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.

On the important topic of Transgender Rights and the current bill that had the support of the Democrat Controlled House and Senate yet failed to be voted on in this past session, Dan Winslow had some comments. He believes that for him Transgender people's inclusion in the Hate Crimes portion as well as workplace and housing protection is a no brainer. On the bill itself which seems to be confusing many, he welcomes dialogue and guarantees LGBT activists "constructive dialogue" on the subject.

KnowThyNeighbor's take on Dan Winslow is positive, very positive, and a good choice for endorsement. Doors are open to us. Maybe we have been forced for so long into sitting in the waiting area that we don't know when to stand up and walk into the room.

Hearty agreement by Winslow. After this was published on the blog, Winslow added this personal comment to the page:

Many thanks Tom. Just to clarify, the "bride/groom" discussion refers to others outside the administration who were lobbying me against changing the form. I was not referring to conversations within the administration. This endorsement means a lot to me personally and I am proud to have the support of Democrats as well as Independents and Republicans on these issues as well. We need to work together to move forward.

This is certainly a shocking exposé of the true workings of the Romney administration at that crucial time -- which Romney must have been fully aware of and in agreement with. But it's also a frightening view of where the Massachusetts Republican establishment headed regarding traditional morality and social issues. Winslow has considerable influence and stature in the state party, which has given this race high priority.

Romney and Winslow had a close working relationship going back several years. Winslow was Romney's chief legal counsel in his 1994 US Senate race against Ted Kennedy.

Note that MassResistance has been pointing out since 2004 that same-sex marriage is still not legal in Massachusetts. The marriage statute still reads "man/woman", and the GLBT lobby can't get their bill allowing marriage "regardless of gender" to a vote (as confirmed by Winslow). The Court told the Legislature (not Winslow and Romney) to make that change, but they never have!

Not surprisingly, 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. Winslow and Scott Brown have been close friends going back to their days as college classmates.

Winslow's opponent, Stanley Nacewicz, is no slouch himself. He's endorsed by the Massachusetts Teachers Assn., NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, and various other leftwing labor unions.

Party A and Party B getting married. [Photo: Bay Windows]