Sadly, the amendment died anyway. That's right, it died. As in, it's gone. Poof. It shan't be passed. But, what's worse than that, the health care lobby has somehow tried to blame the defeat of their bill on the gay rights movement. Because gay marriage won't come up to a vote, neither will the health care bill, they say. They're so furious that they've sided with the homophobes.
The folks backing the proposed constitutional amendment on health care have filed an amicus brief in the lawsuit, filed by Mitt Romney and others, to force the anti-marriage amendment onto the ballot.
So they've picked their sides. They'd rather stand with Mitt Romney and Team Homophobia than people like me who have fought long and hard for health care - longer and harder than I've fought for gay rights.
I warned them to divide the progressive movement at their own peril. It makes all of us weaker. We won through unity, now the healthcare
It already failed. In June. And it had nothing to do with marriage equality. Heck, the health care bill came up before marriage equality at that point. And it still failed. Like I said, the thing is d.e.a.d. DEAD d.e.a.d.
The saddest thing of all is that the amicus sent to the SJC by the health care lobby asks the SJC to do something that is just as unconstitutional as what they think the legislature is doing. They're asking the SJC to push the amendment to ban gay marriage forward, "their argument is that the failure of the legislature to vote should be deemed the equivalent of 25% of the legislature voting in favor of an amendment," says David. The SJC has no right to do that, something even David has readily admitted in the past. There's plenty of recent precedent on the matter.
So what does this all mean? The people behind the health care lobby are selfish assholes. I don't use that vulgarity lightly. They don't care about gay people. They don't care about unity. They made their decision to stand with Mitt Romney instead of Deval Patrick, with openly homophobic people instead of the rest of the progressive movement. As far as I'm concerned, I'm now looking forward to see the health care amendment fail. The ends don't justify the means, not when they seek to trample on the rights of tens of thousands of Massachusetts citizens. People who belong to any of those health care organizations should immediately leave and start new ones - ones that seek to be uniters, not dividers.
Update: Give them a piece of your mind.