The state’s tagline used to be “Virginia is for lovers” though now I think it should also say “*Some restrictions apply.”
You know, like if you’re one of The Gays; one of the legally married Gays.
From the desk soon-to-be-out-of-a-job Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who has spent most of his time in office trying to legislate vaginas and gay sex, the Virginia Department of Taxation will not allow legally married same-sex couples to file joint federal tax returns.
No, now those legally married folks will have to commit perjury on their tax forms when they file them as unmarried individuals because, you know, they’re gay and stuff and that’s just nasty. In addition, Kenny “Asshat” Cuccinelli, AKA The Cooch, has asked that the department of taxation prevent small businesses from claiming deductions on the benefits they offer to same-sex couples.
Virginia wants to punish The Gays and anyone who offers benefits to them as well.
The Cooch’s order is contradictory to the new policy of Internal Revenue Service, which recently announced that it would accept joint tax returns from married same-sex couples, regardless of the laws of the state in which they live, as long as they were married in a state that recognizes same-sex marriages.
The tax officials say they will be following Virginia law, where the state constitution defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and forbids the state's recognition of any other relationship as a marriage.
“It’s not a tax issue. It’s a constitutional matter. An administrator can’t go against his or her state constitution.”—Joel Davison, a department spokesperson
“Bull sh*t.”—Bob, blogger
But the good news is that The Cooch’s latest anti-gay edict might be short-lived. LGBT advocates are hoping, even pushing, for governor-elect Terry McAuliffe to follow the lead of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon who has ordered his state’s Department of Revenue to require all married Missouri couples who file joint federal tax returns, regardless of sexual orientation, to also file jointly with the state.
But, and ain’t there always a but, the specific, discriminatory, anti-equality language of Virginia’s constitutional amendment could prevent McAuliffe from pursuing the same course, and McAuliffe has not yet decided on a formal response to the issue.
Virginia is for lovers.