It’s nearly Spring here in Ohio, and you know what that means: time for the right-wing wackadoodles to start introducing homophobic and misogynistic bills!
Back in December we previewed a bill State Rep. Becker was planning to introduce. In his sponsor letter, Becker warned that a recent US Supreme Court decision could result in a “tax advantage for homosexuals that heterosexuals can’t take advantage of.” Becker, the ever-vigilant defender of straight people’s rights, could not let this injustice stand.
Yesterday his bill (HB 396) finally got a hearing. Intrepid reporter Marc Kovac was there and Tweeted a few quotes from Becker, who expressed fear that “the Ohio Department of Taxation is subsidizing homosexual marriage over heterosexual marriage.” Becker also railed against the unfair advantage homosexual couples have it Ohio when it comes to filing their taxes: “I have to either divorce my wife and cohabitate with her, or divorce my wife and marry another man.”
Oh, the humanity!
It does seem worth pointing out that same-sex couples, unlike opposite-sex couples, can not get divorced in Ohio because A. Ohio not only doesn’t allow same-sex couples to get married and B. Ohio doesn’t recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. This sounds to me like a pretty distinct advantage for “heterosexuals” if you ask me.
On the misogyny front, our old friend State Senator Kris Jordan is back with another version of his “heartbeat bill” (SB297) which would effectively ban abortions as early as 6 weeks. As we’ve mentioned many times before, the bill is not constitutional. Similar bills have passed in other states and then put on hold by federal court injunctions.