Gay Rights Advocates to Protest National Tax Day
Two gay rights advocacy groups are teaming up to protest National Tax Day on behalf of same-sex couples who must file their returns separately.
Marriage Equality USA and GetEQUAL are picketing local post offices across the country on April 15th and April 18th. Activists will reportedly be holding signs like “Twenty-five years together, Still Filing Single” and “No Taxation with Discrimination.”
GetEQUAL director Robin McGehee tells OutQ News that many couples are asking themselves: ‘Should I be honest on my tax forms? Or should I lie and call myself single?’ She says that campaign partner ‘Refuse to Lie’ is encouraging couples to tell the truth or just not file their taxes at all.
McGEHEE: “Our belief is that the risk that you take by not filing your taxes but standing up in a moral stand for what is right, is very beneficial in the fight for our civil rights.”
McGehee says that the goal of the protest is not only to gain media and political attention, but to show the tax-paying public that it’s just that much more difficult for LGBT couples.
McGEHEE: “To be put in a situation where we’re being treated the same through a tax system but not treated the same through a rights system is absolutely unfair, and part of what we want to highlight for those who will be paying taxes on that day.”
McGehee adds that other aspects of the protest include sending 5000 personal post cards to President Obama asking for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. And so far, there are more than 30 actions planned in over a dozen states.