Give me a break

This morning I was reading an article on MSN regarding a widow who was fighting to avoid paying $350,000 in estate taxes the federal government was insisting on collecting after her spouse died.

Christian Science Monitor article

Did I mention her spouse was a woman?

Let’s for a moment put aside the irony that many churches, all of whom are exempt from all forms of tax, even sales tax if they bring a form with; are working relentlessly to deny the protection of laws giving tax breaks to couples.

Let’s also put aside that there are millions of gays standing on the front steps of churches waiting to force them to let us and our big white dresses into their sanctuaries so we can play wedding in front of a congregation that doesn’t really like us much.¬† That’s always been my idea of a dream wedding. Isn’t it yours? (sarcasm)

Let’s even put aside that we’ve rewritten biblical marriage to mean one man and one woman, rather than what what biblical marriage really is.

This is a prime of example where all the lawyers in the world cannot come up with a document that circumvents certain state and federal laws.

When Ricky and I had our family trust created, we learned that our estate was about¬† $4,998,000.00 short of the five million dollar estate tax threshold, so we’d be okay in that regard. Unless my Beanie Baby collection spikes in value just like I know it will.

We’ve paid thousands to put every legal protection in place that we can, which still is not as good as the $75 document opposite gender couples can buy.

Yet it’s still not enough.

I suspect if this woman has a potential tax bill of $350,000 she probably had even better legal documents than Ricky and I have.

Yet it’s still not enough.

Today’s Gay Agenda: Million bucks to anyone who can explain why it’s fair that one widow has a $350,000 tax bill and the widow across the street does not?



5 thoughts on “Give me a break”

  1. Your story is just another example of why civil marriage is a justice issue, and not a “religious” one.
    What I don’t understand is when the religious authorities say they are trying to “protect” traditional marriage. Protect it from what ? Are there only a certain number of marriages available, and if you give some to gay couples, that means there are less marriages available for hetrosexual couples ?

    Instead, let’s live up to our creed of “liberty and justice for all”. No exceptions.

    1. Kevin, anybody with the resources to amass millions could also afford a good estate attorney and the whole problem could be avoided. The problem is that we humans are, at times, not allowed to plan ahead. If gay folks were allowed to marry it would be so much easier and cheaper for the folks involved.

  2. A gay friend told me a long time ago, “I would not mind the religious and social prejudice ft it were not for the money. They take our money.”

    Our country put our own citizens with Japanese names in jail. Prevented black people from fair living standards and opportunities. Now it prevents you from fair inheritance laws.

    Our country always appologizes later.

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