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Widow Forced to Pay Hundreds of Thousands in Taxes Because She Was Married to a Woman, Not a Man


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Kit
- 802 days ago - alternet.org
The Justice Department under President Obama has refused to defend the law, but the Republican majority in the House of Representatives is paying for lawyers to argue that it should be upheld.



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Kit B. (277)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 7:02 pm


I know there’s a lot of (deserved) frustration with the Obama administration when it comes to LGBT rights. But part of the problems is that a lot of folks just don’t know all the huge steps that the administration has taken, especially in the courts. The Justice Department refusing to defend a federal law? That is HUGE. Enormous. That happens almost never. Obama can’t overturn DOMA on his own, but he can pretty much single-handedly make sure that it has actual impact.

What’s telling – although obviously not surprising – is that House Republicans are stepping up to make sure that gay people are discriminated against. They’re throwing money at it. They’re hiring lawyers. The same party that supposedly hates taxes and wants to repeal the estate tax is spending its own money to make sure that an 82-year-old widowed lesbian is treated differently than an 82-year-old widowed heterosexual.

That’s pretty real. It says a lot about each party’s priorities. And it points out that while the Democrats are not always the best on LGBT issues (DOMA was, after all, Clinton-era legislation, although more than 15 years ago in a very different political landscape), they are taking major steps to support LGBT rights. Whereas Republicans are intentionally and aggressively trying to do as much damage to LGBT people and gay rights as they reasonably can.

By JIM DWYER |New York Times | Alternet |
 

Susanne R. (249)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 9:36 pm
Taxes aren't the only thing Republicans hate! They can hide behind God, the bible or anything they choose, but what they're doing is hating their fellow human beings for reasons that are none of their business. I feel sorry for the gay community if Mitt Romney becomes president. If he was filled with enough hate to humiliate a young man by cutting his hair while his "pals" held the hysterical victim down, can you imagine what he can get away with while hiding behind the office of the presidency?
 

Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Sunday June 10, 2012, 1:36 pm
Kit B, I agree with you, except who is willing to represent this woman? The GOP.
I don;t see the GOP doing all they can to damage LGBT rights - I see pastors, and preachers in the South trying to halt gay rights. This grassroots mentality does not reflect the Senate.
 

Robert B. (57)
Sunday June 10, 2012, 3:26 pm
This is pure evil on the part of the Republicans.
 

Val R. (236)
Sunday June 10, 2012, 4:21 pm
Can't they find more important things to fight over.?
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (273)
Sunday June 10, 2012, 7:19 pm
WRONG
 

Kit B. (277)
Sunday June 10, 2012, 7:30 pm

This is a human and civil rights issue and should not be used as political issue. I worry that issues of privacy between consenting adults are becoming nothing more than political gamesmanship, with no regard to the lives that are being destroyed.

There is hope for this woman:

(Reuters) - A law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman was found unconstitutional by a federal judge in New York on Wednesday because it improperly interferes with states' rights to regulate marriage.

The ruling by Manhattan federal court judge Barbara Jones followed a decision last week by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit in Boston that concluded the Defense of Marriage Act discriminates against gay couples.

Judge Jones became the fifth judge to find the 1996 law unconstitutional, adding weight to the demands of law makers and activists who want the law repealed.

On May 9, Barack Obama became the first president to publicly express support for gay marriage, saying he believes same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.
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Roger M. (0)
Monday June 11, 2012, 2:35 am
As far as I'm concerned, married is married, whatever the sex.
 

Kath P. (10)
Monday June 11, 2012, 3:02 am
One step forward...two steps back.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday June 11, 2012, 3:38 am

life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love
 

Siti R. (12)
Monday June 11, 2012, 4:21 am
a lot of laws didn't along with the changes in society.
 

TomCat S. (286)
Monday June 11, 2012, 9:03 am
That's, in large part, what makes DOMA unconstitutional.
 

Florence Eaise (132)
Monday June 11, 2012, 2:55 pm
noted this is disturbing thanks
 

Christopher Fowler (84)
Monday June 11, 2012, 3:03 pm
I guess that the GOP is opposed to only straight people paying estate taxes. Everyone else needs to pay them?

What's wrong with this picture?
 

Lynne Buckley (0)
Monday June 11, 2012, 3:20 pm
The DOMA should be tossed into the garbage . Married is married & this is so unfair.
 

Phyllis P. (422)
Monday June 11, 2012, 3:51 pm
OMG...what a travesty of justice.
 

Dandelion G. (386)
Monday June 11, 2012, 8:27 pm
Disabled, Elders, and Children, the beat goes on. Can't even escape at age 82. You know I really think there are a lot more high priority issues that these idiots could be tackling. How about the off shore tax havens? Or the money laundering? How about the Wall Street gang? No, don't want to go after them. Why? They all are straight white rich men? Is ok to funnell funds to prostitutes and call it a business expense for a photo copy machine. Those tax write off's *wink *wink. Ya, we know how the game goes.
 

Kynthia R. (5)
Tuesday June 12, 2012, 3:36 am
So nice to know the might and money of the repugnican party wishes me to have less rights than they do. I dont want special rights, I just want the same rights I had before I transitioned ! How will that affect society ? Making me free to be a human being ? Or is it somehow better for me to remain a third class citizen subject to violence ?
 

Gitte Loeyche (28)
Tuesday June 12, 2012, 6:30 am
Outrageous!!!
 

Robert Hardy (67)
Tuesday June 12, 2012, 6:55 am
Equal protection under the law.... please.
 

Freya H. (304)
Tuesday June 12, 2012, 3:10 pm
This is totally outrageous and unjust! If anybody makes a petition to sign on this woman's behalf, I will sign it and distribute it widely - I have lots of friends on Care2 and am on a couple progressive mailing lists.
 

marie tc (166)
Tuesday June 12, 2012, 3:43 pm
Can not send a green star to Kit B as you have done so within the last week
 

Marie W. (65)
Wednesday June 13, 2012, 9:14 pm
Good ole white boys club.
 

Janet G. (0)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 1:03 pm
Nuts.
 

Lynn Squance (230)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 11:48 pm
This is a travesty of justice.

While the economy tanked and unemployment soared, while legislatators sat in their comfy chairs and did nothing of consequence, while Boehner and his hoarde spent millions on defending DOMA, others have suffered. It is past time to make some changes.

I am very glad to see that this woman, a woman who committed 44 loving years to her partner, has received a measure of justice.
 

John S. (300)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 7:26 am
Do you understand how much money you need to have in order to owe "hundred of thousands" of dollars in taxes, or how the correct paperwork would prevent the payment of these taxes?
 

Phillipa W. (199)
Wednesday June 20, 2012, 8:35 am
this makes no sense at all.
 

Regina P. (79)
Friday June 22, 2012, 9:07 pm
Insane.
 
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