Davina Kotulski

We pay our bills, we pay our taxes, yet we're still denied marriage access!

Filed By Davina Kotulski | April 14, 2010 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: California, gay couples, lesbian couples, LGBT community, marriage equality, Oakland, paying taxes, social security, Tax Day

The annual April 15th Tax Day Protest is the next best thing to the marriage license counter demonstrations on Freedom to Marry Day. This will be our 10th annual in Oakland, California.

Grab a picket sign and head down to your city's main post office. Camera crews will be nearby filming folks dropping offer their tax returns at the last minute and it's a great time to remind the world that we pay first-class taxes and get second-class citizenship.

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Examples:

  1. We pay into social security benefits that our families cannot enjoy.
  2. Those who are entitled to domestic partnership or marriage health benefits at the state level, are paying extra taxes on them at the federal level, unlike heterosexual marrieds.
  3. 179 of the 1,138 federal rights that come with marriage are tax-related benefits that same-sex couples are denied. It's time to level the playing field.

We must have equal pay for equal work and equal access for equal taxes.

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