Yesterday’s Plain Dealer had a story that same-sex couples legally married in another state but residing in Ohio will pay lower taxes than that paid by heterosexual couples in the same economic situation. The constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages passed back in 2004 when opposition was at its peak has now led to the delicious irony of same-sex couples paying lower taxes than heterosexual couples.
As a result of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act, some same-sex couples in Ohio, legally married in another state but not recognized as married here, will pay less in state income tax than their heterosexual counterparts.
Calculations by an accountant estimate that for middle income couples, the difference between the two filing systems could in some cases top $1,000.
The difference in tax bills is due to the ruling, announced by the court in June, bumping into the Ohio constitution. An amendment that Ohio voters approved in 2004 specifically defined marriage as between one man and one woman, and barred the state from recognizing any other marriages as valid.
That means that while the federal government now recognizes legally performed marriages without distinctions based on gender preferences, Ohio law precludes the state from following suit.
Maybe this will change the minds of some of the opponents of same-sex marriage. One thing that such people can’t stand more than their dislike of extending equal rights to the LGBT community, is the idea that other people in their same economic situation are paying less taxes than them, though they seem to have no problem with the very wealthy paying a far smaller fraction of their income. The idea that same-sex couples in their same bracket are paying less will make them furious.