One way or another, it seems that underhanded nature of the homosexual lobby and the corrupt Internal Revenue Service is going to take every step they can to normalize and legitimize the licentious (not liberty) behavior of the homosexual community. Following the Supreme Court’s ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional, we were told that practicing homosexuals who redefined “marriage” to be legal in their state and went through a ceremony would be able to file joint taxes. Now comes word that if that couple moves to a state where such perversions are banned, the federal government will still recognize it; meaning that homosexual couples can now reside in any of the 50 states, including over 30 that ban the practice of redefining marriage, and the District of Columbia and yet the federal government will recognize it.
According to Reuters:
All legal same-sex ‘marriages’ will be recognized for U.S. federal tax purposes, the Obama administration said on Thursday, allowing gay couples to claim the same tax benefits that heterosexual couples do.
“The ruling applies regardless of whether the couple lives in a jurisdiction that recognizes same-sex marriage or a jurisdiction that does not recognize same-sex marriage.”
Did you catch that? Now the federal government has just defined “marriage” no matter what the states say. The overturning of DOMA merely opened the way for those in the federal government to push the homosexual agenda.
“Today’s ruling provides certainty and clear, coherent tax-filing guidance for all legally married same-sex couples nationwide,” Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew said in a statement yesterday. “This ruling also assures legally ‘married’ same-sex couples that they can move freely throughout the country knowing that their federal filing status will not change.”
CNN Money reports:
It affects how couples will be treated in terms of all federal taxes, including income taxes, estate and gift taxes, health insurance, retirement accounts and employee benefits.
The ruling applies to any same-sex couple legally ‘married’ in any state, the District of Columbia, a U.S. territory or foreign country. It does not apply to registered domestic partnerships, civil unions or other formal relationships recognized under state laws.
Not only that, but Reuters adds that this will apply retroactively! That’s right. “Under the ruling, effective September 16, same-sex ‘married’ couples may file amended tax returns to change their filing status going back to tax years 2010, 2011 and 2012 to seek possible tax refunds, the Treasury Department said in a statement.”
The DOMA case hinged on the issue of federal estate taxes. It involved New York resident Edie Windsor, who sued the federal government over a $363,000 estate-tax bill imposed after her ‘spouse,’ Thea Spyer, died.
Consider that the couple were said to be “legally married” in Ontario, Canada in 2007. The obvious question should then be why must the United States recognize the laws and legalities that other countries determine? The answer is, we don’t have to.
What else will happen in states that have banned or don’t recognize same-sex “marriages” when these people file their 1040 as married and then in that state their 1040 won’t match their state filings? Why the Supreme Court didn’t deal with this when it had the opportunity astounds me. Keep in mind though, that many of these “marriages” are actually against what the Supreme Court ruled, as we pointed out previously.
While I think the income tax and the estate tax should be abolished, along with the IRS, this is only evidence of how the federal government will now take steps to pressure states that ban same-sex unions and the redefining of “marriage” to submit to the whims of the federal government. I’m hoping for some moral, upstanding governors and legislators with some conviction and courage to stand their ground when it comes…. And it will come.
Tim Brown is the Editor of Freedom Outpost and a regular contributor to The D.C. Clothesline.