“You are absolutely out of your mind.”
That’s the kind of reaction that Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is getting from many observers after she proposed a bill that would retroactively give same-sex couples a federal tax break even though they were married before gay marriage was legalized by the federal government.
The senator from Massachusetts posted a link to liberal media outlet Mic.com explaining the bill that she introduced to the U.S. Congress.
“It wasn’t until marriage equality became law that gay & lesbian couples could jointly file tax returns — so they paid more in taxes,” she wrote on Twitter. “Our government owes them more than $50M for the years our discriminatory tax code left them out. We must right these wrongs.”
To put it simply, Massachusetts legalized gay marriage in 2004, over a decade before the federal government legalized it across the nation during the Obama administration. Before the federal government legalized it, they, of course, did not recognize Massachusetts state law on a federal level. They didn’t give couples who were only legally married in Massachusetts the same tax breaks as heterosexual married couples.
Warren believes that’s totally unfair and needs to be corrected. She says $57 million of tax breaks were essentially stolen from gay married couples in Massachusetts, so it’s time for the federal government to write a bunch of retroactive refund checks.
“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. “We need to call out that discrimination and to make it right — Congress should pass the Refund Equality Act immediately.”
"America needs to face the things we’ve done wrong and take steps towards making it right," she added.
Her proclamation got quite the reaction on Twitter.