The gay marriage court case moving through the Federal Court system is especially interesting because it forces the government to explain something it has not been able to do. It has to explain, “Why is it any of our business?”
This comes from a narrow legal question raised in the case. The case involved an inheritance from one partner to the surviving one. They were legally married in Canada. The IRS forced the surviving partner to pay $400,000 in inheritance taxes because they were not a heterosexual couple.
The surviving spouse’s attorney argued the Federal Government has no interest in the gender of the couple. The law merely states one spouse may pass assets to another without paying these taxes. Thus, the Federal Government was not treating citizens equally when it deciding to apply the word, “spouse”, only to heterosexuals.
This question, what interest does the Federal Government have, can be extended to our entire society. What business do any of us have passing judgement on the gender of couples?
The anti gay marriage posturing done by those speaking in public is outrageous. Christian operatives claim gay marriage harms heterosexual marriage.
This argument has been made for several years now, but no evidence has been presented as to how gay marriage damages straight marriage. It is obvious gay marriage, with its stable households, benefits us all.
A Court of Appeals ruled the surviving spouse did not owe the taxes. We owe gay people equality under the law.