On Wednesday, the Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a controversial “gay reparations” bill that will entitle same-sex couples to millions of dollars in tax refunds for their “marriages” which were not previously recognized under federal tax law.
LifeSite News reports:
The PRIDE (Promoting Respect for Individuals’ Dignity and Equality) Act removes sex-specific terms such as “husband” and “wife” from the federal tax code, and allows couples “married” while the Defense of Marriage Act (which protected states and the federal government from having to recognize same-sex “marriages” from states that chose to recognize them) to claim tax refunds for which they were ineligible.
The U.S. Supreme Court struck down DOMA in 2013. The Washington Blade reported that the Joint Committee on Taxation put the estimated amount the feds could have to pay out if the bill becomes law at $67 million.
The PRIDE Act passed the House on Wednesday by voice vote, meaning lawmakers were not required to put a vote on the record. Notably, no Republican resisted. The Hill noted that New York GOP Rep. Tom Reed expressed a technical concern about the legislation but supported its core purpose to “make sure our tax code is reflective of the law of the land as it has been declared by the Supreme Court.”
“In passing the PRIDE Act, Democrats are honoring our diversity and providing long-overdue justice to countless same-sex couples across the country who have been denied critical tax refunds because of who they are and who they love,” Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi proudly declared, according to CNN, calling for the Senate to “quickly pass and reaffirm” both the bill and its incredibly controversial message.
As we’ve previously reported, presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) recently came out in support of this type of policy, later introducing a similar bill in the Senate, the Refund Equality Act.
“The federal government forced legally married same-sex couples in Massachusetts to file as individuals and pay more in taxes for almost a decade,” Warren said of her bill at the time. “We need to call out that discrimination and to make it right — Congress should pass the Refund Equality Act immediately.”
As LifeSite reports, it’s not yet clear whether Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will allow the bill to be put to a vote, or whether President Donald Trump, who is something of a centrist on LGBT issues, will sign or veto the bill.
Needless to say, this joke of a bill is not without its opponents, even within the LGBT community itself. In a June editorial for The Washington Times, Tammy Bruce, a Fox News contributor and gay conservative, wrote that the “gay reparations” bills are purely an exercise in power by the pandering, LGBT mafia-controlled left.
“What Ms. Warren doesn’t mention to people is the IRS already allows everyone to amend the last three years of returns,” Bruce wrote. “Instead, she wants couples to be able to amend their tax returns for the entire time they were married in one of the 10 states allowing gay marriage prior to federal recognition. … But why stop there? What about all the gays and lesbians who never had a chance to marry at all because of the Clinton administration’s Defense of Marriage Act?”
“That has to be asked because this has nothing to do with tax fairness and everything to do with reinforcing the politics of resentment and victimhood,” she argued. “For the Democratic Party machine, however, there can never be success, there always has to be a new appended wrong or violation, some new campaign to convince you that victimhood will never end, and you must always resent, well, everyone.”
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