Political Radar


August 29th, 2013

Legally married gay couples will be treated the same as heterosexual couples for federal tax purposes, the Internal Revenue Service announced on Thursday.

The move comes as the federal government adjusts to U.S. Supreme Court rulings in June that legally married gay couples are entitled to federal benefits.

Hawaii United for Marriage described the change as another compelling reason why Hawaii, which allows civil unions,  should quickly adopt marriage quality.

From Rep. Chris Lee:

This is a significant ruling and further proof that civil unions are not enough. We need to act now in a special session so gay couples in Hawaii can be treated just like other married couples.  Delaying until 2014 will deny them this opportunity to be treated as married for all federal tax purposes, and that includes income, gift and estate taxes that could save those families tens of thousands of dollars.

Religious conservatives, meanwhile, credited lobbying by the faithful against a special session on gay marriage for influencing Gov. Neil Abercrombie's decision not to call lawmakers back to the Capitol at this time.

From New Hope Pastor Wayne Cordeiro, via Facebook:

Thank you to the many people who wrote and spoke to their representatives and senators and to the many who prayed. There will NOT be a special session held to pass the SSM bill into law at this time.

I had a wonderful lunch with the Governor and he assured me that leaders of the faith community will be able to sit with him or the Attorney General to discuss the ramifications of this bill and how it will affect churches. The Governor was very open and wants to insure the rights of the people of faith.

Conservative Republicans are raising their rhetoric against a gay marriage bill, telling supporters that it could lead to polyamorous or bigamous marriages.

From Tito Montes, of the Hawaii Republican Assembly:

In addition, the bill under consideration DOES NOT prevent Hawaii courts or Federal courts from allowing a bisexual to simultaneously marry a man and a woman, giving way to polyamorous and bigamous 'marriages'. Nor does the Democrats' so-called "marriage equality" bill -- which basically translates sexual orientations into unprecedented and controversial matrimonial opportunities -- prevent any courts from sanctioning the kind of polygamy that has always been outlawed.

4 Responses to “Taxing”

  1. Especially Incognito:

    Loop holes in our tax system.
    Gays can marry but cannot get divorced.

    "Conservative Republicans are raising their rhetoric against a gay marriage bill, telling supporters that it could lead to polyamorous or bigamous marriages."

    Wasn't Romney a Mormon? Mormons support.

  2. Kolea:

    1) The news from the IRS creates another good reason to resolve this before the end of the year, as it will impact the taxes of many Hawaii residents. Better that money remain in the state than go to DC.

    2) The Governor can be cordial with Wayne Cordeiro. Good. I admire that. While I am amzingly polite at times with people with whom I have strong disagreements, I recognize Cordeiro would try my patience. Good for the Guv. The Governor has clearly said everyone who feels a need to say something about this issue must be granted a fair opportunity to speak up. Again, he has more patience than I do. But I respect that. The special session should include ample opportunity for the Religious Right to re-iterate how God's will mandates we not commit abominations like working on the Sabbath, eating shellfish or pork, or falling in love with someone of the same sex. Cogent arguments. to be sure! Let's hear them one last time, then move towards justice an equality.

    3)Why do certain rightwing opponents of equality for gays feel compelled to wallow in the thought of things which they consider "icky"? Why does Tito Montes and the HRA worry that unless we have a rigid taboo, people will demand the right to commit incest, polygamy and/or bestiality. (Not sure why he forgot the last one. Rick Santorum always remembered.) It is a perverse argument and suggests those raising those fears are not fully comfortable with their own forbidden desires and are projecting them onto others.

    But I guess these are the kinds of arguments the Guv insists we have to suffer through in exchange for a special session. I can be stoic. Bring it on.

  3. Especially Incognito:

    "Everywhere is freaks and hairies
    Dykes and fairies, tell me where is sanity
    Tax the rich, feed the poor
    Till there are no rich no more"

    "Population keeps on breeding
    Nation bleeding, still more feeding economy
    Life is funny, skies are sunny
    Bees make honey, who needs money, monopoly?

  4. SUBVET:

    Kolea...for the same reason everyone in the gay community continues to decry marriage equality and civil rights violation, when neither apply. The constitution does not give you the right to marry, and not recognizing same-sex marriage like one man one woman marriage is, is not a violation of your civil rights.

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