As Mr. Blunt and Cranky noted in Monday’s post, there are cases coming up before the Supremes Tuesday and Wednesday regarding “Gay Marriage” (one of the more inane bits of phrasing of the modern era, but ah well). They are being fought on the grounds of human rights, equal protection, Constitutional minutiae, and other such legal-beagle considerations. This writer would like to focus on one ill-reported aspect: taxation.

Inequality of taxation is one reason our nation was founded in the first place (Google “Boston Tea Party” if you’re clueless), and Americans are usually pretty sensitive to any sort of IRS overreach. But somehow, the fact that gay folk get taxed at an absurd rate has flown under the radar, what with all the Culture War B.S. cluttering up the Zeitgeist.

Gay folk cannot file taxes as “married”, even if they legally are. They have to pay taxes that we straights do not (check out Evie Windsor and her 1/3 million-dollar tax bill for just one example). Because of irrational, unconstitutional restrictions, they often have to pay more for taxes on insurance products, financial transactions and a host of other items.

Call this what it is: the Gay Tax. You can’t be taxed for the color of your skin, your gender, your religion, or indeed much of anything but your economic status. But you can be (and will be) taxed for being part of the LGBT community. And that, fellow citizens, is a monstrous, unfair, discriminatory, unconstitutional abuse of power. Indeed, to coin a phrase, it is “taxation without representation”.

Here are some links for those who won’t take some random cranky codger’s word for it: http://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/issues/2007/12/pdf/domestic_partners.pdf

http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/lgbt/news/2012/04/17/11451/unequal-taxation-and-undue-burdens-for-lgbt-families/

Mr. B & C