Interesting counterpoint from tax attorney, Beverly Luther, that makes the claim that we should allow gay marriage so that the state can claim the rightful amount of tax from same-sex couples. For example, one person in a same-sex relationship could pay their partner for day-care type expenses and deduct that on taxes. A heterosexual couple cannot pay each other for child care and deduct this expense.
The author concludes with the fact that same-sex couples would like to recognize their commitment so much that they’re willing to pay more money to their own government! How often do you hear about people wanting to pay _more_ tax?
Yet another reason why this marriage amendment doesn’t make much sense. Here’s one reason that even might make a few more bucks for Minnesota.
According to Northfieldnews.com:
the [Northfield] council voted to ask the Human Rights Commission to draft an ordinance and determine how it should be implemented and paid for.
While a registry like this does not provide the legal benefits of marriage, it does provide some key benefits like partner insurance, hospital visitation, tax benefits and others.
[Councilor Betsey] Buckheit says a domestic partnership registry ordinance has nothing to do with marriage for same-sex couples. She calls registries a civil rights issue, noting that while religious organizations can make their own determinations about rights for same-sex couples, governmental entities must not discriminate.
The separation of church and state; I’m glad that someone gets it.