Don’t Penalize Same-Sex Couples for Having Health Care
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Don’t Penalize Same-Sex Couples for Having Health Care

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      Human Rights Campaign

Same-sex couples covered by one partner’s health benefits face a no-win situation on their income taxes. Benefits extended to the same-sex partner of an employee are considered taxable, while benefits for an opposite-sex spouse are exempt from those very same taxes. Gay employees have to pay up to $2,200 more in taxes than their straight colleagues!

This blatant discrimination against LGBT couples isn’t just unfair – it’s also bad for business since employers who offer health benefits to same-sex partners and spouses have to pay higher payroll taxes.

But this burden on families and businesses has finally caught the attention of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. Members of Congress are coming together to solve this inequity. Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) has introduced legislation that would exempt health benefits for both same-sex spouses and domestic partners from taxes. At least two Republicans have joined Rep. McDermott and a fellow Democrat to end the tax this year, but the bill will stall unless there is overwhelming, bipartisan support. That's where you come in.

Ask your member of Congress to co-sponsor the bill to end the unfair tax burden on health care for same-sex couples. There are so many ways in which gay and lesbian couples face discrimination. Together, let’s fix the system so health care is no longer one of them.

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    • Jess Chevalier OAKLAND, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      Of course, if this country honored equal rights as protected by the Constitution and didn't discriminate against same-sex couples' right to marry, this issue would be moot.

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    • Regis Gutz KEARNEY, NE
      • about 3 years ago

      This is disgusting and blatantly unfair. Same-Sex Couples deserve to have the same protections against the taxing of health benefit's for their partners as straight couples do. Furthermore, the mega-rich like Warren Buffett are tired of Congress coddling them and would like to have their taxes raised so that they can pay their fair share. Congress doesn't need these unfair taxes to make money, they just do it to discriminate.

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    • Angela Tierney TOLEDO, OH
      • about 3 years ago

      Why would the government want to penalize people who are paying for their own health insurance when there are so many people who don't and send the tab to the government. The government should encourage it instead of condemning it. JUST SHOWS THERE IS NO LOGIC IN GOVERNMENT.

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    • Ian Gebhart WICHITA, KS
      • about 3 years ago

      I think that it is sending a terrible message to LGBTQ youth all over the country, including myself, saying, basically, that it is unacceptable to be different.

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    • Gloria Monroe GRANTS PASS, OR
      • about 3 years ago

      we need to get rid of America's extreme religious right bullies!

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