What a difference a year makes folks! Every year I file my taxes, I owe. No matter that I receive a modest monthly Social Security payment (never made vice president in my corporate career), a few modest (very modest) pension payments and a barely double digit W-2 wages from my part-time job as a front desk clerk at a local hotel, I ALWAYS OWE.
No matter that I have been the head of this household and been the sole support of my 85 year old partner for the past thirty years (he retired early at 55 at my urging because he was traveling too much on his job). Because we are of the same sex and legally unable to get married, we were penalized. Oh sure, we've all heard about the "marriage penalty." That's when the straights figured out that two working couples paid the same in taxes as two gay couples living together. Couldn't have that could we? Oh no, have to give the straights yet another benefit so our lawmakers had to pass yet another law giving the straights even another tax break.
|Rep. Louie Gohmert - one of the many major asshat legislatures that pass discriminatory tax laws against gays and single folks|
I have always paid more in taxes than my straight fellow citizens. No matter that some of my best friends are straight, Bill and I were still discriminated against just because we were gay. NO matter that we have been living together in the same household since March of 1965, didn't matter. You're gay, you pay more.
|Think this Republican cares?|
Well folks, this past summer Bill and I got married on our 49th anniversary. Today I filed a joint tax return. Now didn't that feel good? Yes it did.
|No longer "less than"|
So here's the lowdown folks, by filing a joint tax return this year I receive a REFUND of $945.00. Yes, you read it right…..A REFUND! How about that?
Just for the fun of it I figured out our taxes if we filed separately. Guess what? I would have OWED $2,381.00! That's a difference of $3,326.00! Now that is significant folks.
And my tax rate has gone from almost 20% to Mitt Romney levels. Welcome to the world of equality Ron.
|The Mittster isn't liking this - The Gays being treated equally - what's this world coming too?|
Feels good folks, feels real good.
|John McCain, aka "Old Gumpy" and War Monger - wondering how we're going to pay for the next war now that the government is getting less of "the gay" dollar|