Democrat House Unanimously OKs 'Gay Reparations' Bill Giving Tax Refunds to Same-Sex CouplesCalvin Freiburger
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The Democrat-controlled US House of Representatives on Wednesday approved legislation enabling "married" same-sex couples to seek millions in tax refunds for unions that were not previously recognized under federal tax law.
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 declared, CNN reported. She called on the Republican-controlled Senate to "quickly pass and reaffirm” the bill and its message.