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Published On: Tue, Jun 25th, 2019

Election 2020: Elizabeth Warren supports ‘gay reparations’ plan

On Thursday, Massachusetts Senator and 2020 Democratic hopeful Elizabeth Warren voiced her support of legislation that has been equated to “gay reparations.”

Under the Refund Equality Act, same-sex couples would be able to amend their past taxes, readjusting with jointly-filed tax returns and accepting refunds from the IRS.

“The federal government forced legally married same-sex couples in Massachusetts to file as individuals and pay more in taxes for almost a decade,” Warren said in a statement, according to NBC News. “We need to call out that discrimination and to make it right — Congress should pass the Refund Equality Act immediately.”

“It wasn’t until marriage equality became law that gay & lesbian couples could jointly file tax returns—so they paid more in taxes,” the Democratic presidential candidate posted to Twitter on Sunday. “Our government owes them more than $50M for the years our discriminatory tax code left them out. We must right these wrongs.”

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Warren proposed similar legislation in July 2017, with a bill that would “refund married same-sex couples an estimated $67 million that they unfairly paid prior to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) being overturned.”

Though co-sponsored by 36 members of Congress, the act was stalled, and therefore had to be reintroduced this year.

In February, Warren came out in favor of reparations for black Americans “economically affected” by slavery, Reuters reported.

Rev William Owens leads black pastors in Tennessee who are outraged over gay marriage comparisons

 

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