Yesterday, GOProud, along among gay organizations reported how Wednesday night, Barbara Boxer voted against a measure which would have helped gay people across the country:
United States Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) voted against an amendment offered by U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) that would have permanently repealed the discriminatory death tax. The death tax, a morally reprehensible form of double taxation, impacts gay couples and gay small business owners particularly hard because of the lack of a marital exemption for same-sex partners. In response, Jimmy LaSalvia, Executive Director of GOProud, the only national organization representing gay conservatives and their allies, issued the following statement:
“Last night should put gay and lesbian voters in California on notice to just how little Senator Boxer actually cares about removing the inequalities our relationships face under federal law. . . .
“Because of the lack of a marital exemption for gay and lesbian couples, the death tax discriminates against same-sex couples and often forces grieving spouses to sell their home or small business to pay the confiscatory tax.
Guess raising taxes is more important to the big-spending 28-year Washington veteran than repealing a law which hurts gay people. If this tax were repealed, an individual could pass his property onto his partner (or anyone he chose) without the government taking a cut at his death (truly the most unkindest cut of all).
Fortunately, we here in the Golden State have a choice. Carly Fiorina supports repeal of the tax — and not just because it benefits gay people because it benefits all people, gay people, farmers and small business owners in particular. This is just one example of how a conservative policies helps people like us. Indeed, any law which expands our freedom and limits the reach of government benefits gay people (indeed benefits anyone save government bureaucrats).
Unfortunately, gay organizations can’t see outside the box of identity politics. They think that we need more government and don’t bother considering that reducing the reach of the federal government provides greater opportunities for us to define our relationships on our own terms.
No wonder gay organizations haven’t joined Senator DeMint in supporting repeal of this tax. Just because a bill doesn’t single out gay people for benefits (or protection) doesn’t meean it can’t benefit us. If HRC and NGLTF were truly concerned about the welfare of gay people, they would make alliance with conservative groups and push for repeal of this law and join Goproud in castigating Mrs. Boxer and her big-government kind for opposing its repeal.