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Federal Non-Recognition of Gay Marriage Benefits Gay Couples?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 5:21 pm - February 21, 2011.
Filed under: Gay America,Gay Marriage

Via Glenn:

CHANGE: Same-Sex Couples in CA, NV & WA Reap Big Federal Tax Bonuses: “Thanks to a 1996 federal law aimed at preserving traditional marriage, thousands of same-sex couples in California, Nevada, and Washington state could get big tax bonuses on their federal returns starting this year. The bonuses are off-limits to heterosexual married couples—a sharp reminder of the ‘marriage penalty’ that often dings two-earner couples.” Sounds like somebody in Congress, or the Clinton Administration, should have thought that whole “Defense of Marriage Act” thing through a bit more.

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  2. There is a rational basis for this discrimination against married couples, in that since they have the capacity to procreate without intending to, their unions impose a greater burden on society than homosexual unions, so the marriage penalty is justified in a constitutional sense.

    Comment by Michael Ejercito — February 21, 2011 @ 11:23 pm - February 21, 2011

  3. This involves math…. and therefore is above my pay grade.

    Comment by Bruce (GayPatriot) — February 22, 2011 @ 12:42 am - February 22, 2011

  4. Sorry, this has nothing to do with your post, but where did Ash go? I know he had some crazy ideas, but i liked him. Did he finally get bullied into leaving?

    Comment by American Elephant — February 22, 2011 @ 3:20 am - February 22, 2011

  5. There is a rational basis for this discrimination against married couples

    I love the smell of burnt moral relativity in the morning.

    Hey, how about reparations for gays for the long years that they could not marry and not have families?

    Comment by Heliotrope — February 22, 2011 @ 8:29 am - February 22, 2011

  6. The marriage penalty is really a choice though, isn’t it? Can’t married couples file separately and avoid it? (I’m a bit rusty on this part of the tax law.)

    For me personally, I’d be fine incurring the “marriage penalty” on taxes in order to have all other rights and responsibilities. But that’s just my opinion, of course.

    Comment by Neptune — February 22, 2011 @ 9:26 am - February 22, 2011

  7. “Can’t married couples file separately and avoid it?”

    It won’t be avoided if you file separately. I’m not sure what is gained from filing separately, but some people do anyways.

    Comment by anon23532 — February 22, 2011 @ 4:32 pm - February 22, 2011

  8. “Hey, how about reparations for gays for the long years that they could not marry and not have families?”

    Heliotrope, don’t give the GAE (Gay Activist Elite) Stalinists any ideas!

    Comment by Seane-Anna — February 22, 2011 @ 10:37 pm - February 22, 2011

  9. “Hey, how about reparations for gays for the long years that they could not marry and not have families?”

    That is what the marriage penalty is.

    Comment by Michael Ejercito — February 24, 2011 @ 12:29 pm - February 24, 2011

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