The conversation over “reparations” is hitting its stride as dozens of Democrats competing for the 2020 presidential nomination push each other further to the left.
The U.S. House held a hearing on the issue last week but many questions remain unanswered.
For example, there were thousands of blacks who owned other blacks as slaves. Should their descendants pay reparations or receive them?
But the proposal hasn’t died, and now Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren is proposing that members of the LGBT community also should receive reparations.
It wasn’t until marriage equality became law that gay & lesbian couples could jointly file tax returns—so they paid more in taxes. Our government owes them more than $50M for the years our discriminatory tax code left them out. We must right these wrongs. https://t.co/OZQcfVilSs
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) June 23, 2019
Warren argues, the Daily Caller reports, that gays and lesbians were not allowed to filed tax returns as married couples before same-sex marriage was established.
In a tweet Sunday, Warren charged that the tax code was “discriminatory” against non-heterosexual married couples.
“It wasn’t until marriage equality became law that gay & lesbian couples could jointly file tax returns – so they paid more in taxes. Our government owes them more than $50M for the years our discriminatory tax code left them out,” she wrote. “We must right these wrongs.”
The Caller said Warren’s plan would turn back time and allow LGBTQ community members to file joint tax returns for their years together prior to the legalization of same-sex marriage.
“The federal government forced legally married same-sex couples in Massachusetts to file as individuals and pay more in taxes for almost a decade,” the candidate said. “We need to call out that discrimination and to make it right – Congress should pass the Refund Equality Act immediately.”
The report said the costs could reach $57 million or more.
Marriage for same-sex duos was created in 2015 by the U.S. Supreme Court in a decision the four members who dissented called unconnected to the U.S. Constitution. Since then, many members of the LGBT community have filed lawsuits claiming their new rights trump the constitutional rights of employers and employees to exercise their religion.
AP reported Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., rejected the slavery reparations proposal as unworkable.
“We tried to deal with our original sin of slavery by fighting a civil war, by passing landmark civil rights legislation, elected an African American president,” he said. “I don’t think we should be trying to figure out how to compensate for it. First of all, it would be hard to figure out whom to compensate.”