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ABC News profiles gay families: “IRS Makes Gay Parents ‘Lie,’ Shortchanging 2 Million Children”

DOMA Repeal Uncategorized

By Scottie Thomaston

ABC News profiles gay families and the harmful effects of the Defense of Marriage Act that can cause so much uncertainty and confusion. Noting that the federal government provides tax credits for families with children, but that gay and lesbian families lose out on that federal help at levels from $1,490 to $6,209, the piece quotes a group for LGBT families as saying:

“LGBT families raising kids have an unfair burden, simply because of what their families look like and who they love,” said Emily Hecht McGowan, director of public policy at the Family Equity Council.

A new report is calling attention to these problems with our system and the ways in which the problems hurt LGBT families, and particularly those with children. In many states where LGBT families are raising children a fourth of children are below the poverty line. The report argues LGBT families should receive equal treatment to heterosexual families:

A report released today, “Unequal Taxation and Undue Burdens for LGBT Families,” argues laws have not kept up with these families. Not only are they being treated unfairly by the federal tax codes, but their children are denied the economic benefits that are afforded all other American families.

The piece shows the stark reality LGBT parents face, and the anxieties they deal with every day. Aside from the monetary impact, laws like DOMA have a deep psychological impact. They make LGBT people feel unequal, or “not recognized” at all. The tax system is specifically designed to support and encourage families to thrive but it’s been failing LGBT families for years.

6 Comments

  • 1. Sagesse  |  April 16, 2012 at 12:04 pm

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  • 2. PhillyKarl  |  April 16, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Maggie and Brian and the rest of NOM are knowingly hurting children. They are knowingly hurting children. They have no moral qualm hurting the children of LGBT couples in order hurt their parents. They believe that this is war, and war always has casualties. In this case, the casualties are children. NOM is in no way pro family. They are demonstrably anti children. And they have no problem with this. It sickens me.

  • 3. devon  |  April 16, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Unfortunately, the courts seem to be in no hurry to invalidate DOMA.
    Congress is doing next to nothing to repeal DOMA, and house republicans have made $1.5 million of taxpayer funds available to defend it. Funds beyond the $1.5 million will be made immediately available when needed.
    The glacial speed that efforts to invalidate DOMA are progressing suggests that the law will be around for many years to come.

  • 4. Tim in Sonoma  |  April 16, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    The Federal Government ONLY recognizes our marriage enough to tax my husband on the employment benefits he recieves through my job! $190 per month that my co-workers spouses do NOT have to pay!
    Not only do LGBT families not recieve tax breaks for their children, but they have to pay a "Gay" tax as well.

  • 5. Steve  |  April 16, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Meanwhile an "Obamacare" case made it to the Supremes in like two years. Riduculous

  • 6. Jamie  |  April 17, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Who says? If you are married, file as married and take the benefits to which you are entitled. What's going to happen? The IRS will either accept your return or reject it. If they reject it, file it again as married. It's the truth.

    It's really odd to me that more people don't do this. What are the repercussions? The IRS can only take the taxes that you would have owed anyway plus 2% interest. That's a pretty sweet loan at the very least.

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