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A lesson on the law of unintended consequences

Original post made by Ann N. Imous, Danville, on Oct 26, 2008

An elderly widowed gentleman has been given the bad news from his doctor - he has less than six months to live. He's worked hard all his life and has amassed a fairly decent sum of money. He has a married daughter and wants to leave all his money to her and her husband but he knows that the inheritance tax will be hundreds of thousands of dollars.

So what can he do to reduce the confiscatory inheritance tax?

If he lives in a state that recognizes same sex marriages, here's what he can do:


1. He tells his daughter and son-in-law to get a divorce, they do - legal.

2. He then marries his former son-in-law - legal.

3. When he dies, his "spouse/former son-in-law" inherits his money tax-free (note that there is no inheritance tax between spouses) - Legal

4. The former son-in-law now re-marries his former wife and the result is that they have inherited a fairly decent sum of money TAX FREE! -legal

Vote no on Proposition 8 and put the shaft to the inheritance tax!

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Posted by Moron with an I
a resident of another community
on Oct 28, 2008 at 9:33 am

Isn't it amazing that all these people who say they just want to protect tradition and are not bigots are oddly silent on the Federal version of DOMA? DOMA was one of the most hateful pieces of legislation passed. If there were no Federal DOMA then there probably wouldn't be any marriage fight at the State level. DOMA prevents gay people who are registered domestic partners from having any of the same Federal legal protections given to married people. So, all you Prop 8 supporters, when are you going to fight to repeal DOMA so that Cali's domestic partners are treated fairly under the law? I'll bet none of you do because your real intent is to discriminate. That, folks, is a bigot. Like the word or not, most Prop 8 supporters are BIGOTS!


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Posted by Moron with an i
a resident of another community
on Oct 28, 2008 at 9:39 am

I should have added that the suggestion given in this topic won't work because of DOMA. Even if gay people are married in Cali, you still pay the Federal inheritance tax because of the 1996 Federal DOMA law. So, Prop 8 bigots, how do you reconcile that you are only protecting "marriage" but are fine with domestic partnerships and then allow your Federal gov't to extend rights to heterosexuals which are specifically denied to gay couples? With any luck the Democrats will take over everything and then repeal the Federal DOMA laws. At that point, hets can keep marriage because domestic partnerships will get equal treatment under Federal law.