13 March 2005

money is always behind it...

...in some way.

This from 365gay.com:

Connecticut could lose nearly $1 million a year because of decreased inheritance tax revenue if the state allows civil unions of same-sex couples, a new legislative report says.

Municipalities would also pay a price, up to $1.5 million a year for health insurance, pensions and other benefits for town and city workers who enter into civil unions, according to the legislature's nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis.

Of course the entire inheritance tax structure in Connecticut is due to be eliminated in 2008 but someone will surely pick up on the "cost" of civil unions and use this as an argument against it.

However, there is another side that will not be taken seriously as it hasn't been yet:

Sen. Andrew McDonald, a Stamford Democrat and co-chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said the lost revenue proves the inequities gays and lesbians now face.

“Under current law, (same-sex) partners are at a real economic disadvantage because they are considered to be legal strangers — they're no more connected than if you left a bequest to your neighbor down the street,” McDonald said. “To me that underscores very real economic discrimination.”

The Right wants to write discrimination into law, so what difference will it make?

The loss of tax revenue is "the price we will pay to end this legal discrimination,” McDonald said.

Fair enough. Gays and lesbians are now paying for a lot of things through taxes that they get no benefit from. At a much, much higher rate, I'm sure. Maybe LGBT's should be taxed seperately at a higher rate? Would this make the Right happier? Discriminate and punish them?

just asking...

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