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01/29/2014

Utah lawmaker hopes to put H&R Block-the-gays into business

by Jeremy Hooper

Screen Shot 2014-01-29 At 1.33.04 PmWhat an odious proposal:

Rep. Merrill Nelson, R-Grantsville, suggests a novel way to pay for the state’s ongoing legal battle to ban same-sex marriage: Allow taxpayers to donate part of their income tax refund for it.

His HB48 would create a check-off on forms for a "Marriage Defense Fund." It would also allow direct donations to the fund via cash, check or credit card — and would direct the state to conduct a marketing campaign to help raise money.
FULL: Possible new tax form check-off: fight same-sex marriage [Salt Lake Tribune]

Some of these advocates for history's discriminatory wrong side have so fully bought into their own movement's talking points, that they don't even see how words like "marriage defense" would come across as offensive to people. Some of them actually believe that these are the true stakes and not just pervasive messaging that the "protect marriage" crowd has put out there to make gay people seem mean, militant, and somehow taking more than that to which our tax dollars entitle us.

If Utahns really want to use their tax refunds to "defend" marriage, then they should apply the money to some couple's retreats, loving gifts for their spouses, romantic nights out, or some sort of product, service, or getaway that might help them stave off alienation of feelings for the one to whom they have vowed a lifetime of love and commitment. If stopping gay people from marrying is really where their marital priorities are geared, then they might want to evaluate their own bonds before attacking others' loving unions.

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