April 16, 2012
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.