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Letter: Legislators showing arrogance, cowardice

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Note: The statements, views, and opinions contained in this letter to the editor are those of the author and are not endorsed by, nor do they necessarily reflect, the opinions of Daily Journal.

As a professional tax preparer, I have just spent several hours wading through the bureaucratic swamp created by Indiana’s failure to follow the federal tax structure for same-sex couples who were legally married in another state.

Indiana’s approved tax software requires that the same filing status and exemptions be used as in the federal. So the new requirement to process the state returns as two separate singles instead of one married filing jointly as the federal violates its own regulations.

The current political tempest is a disgusting display of riding roughshod over civil rights. Kicking the can over into a public vote is no guarantee that the result will be legal.

If Mississippi and Alabama had voted to continue segregation beyond 1964, that vote would have been nullified. The federal government is the final authority for civil rights of American citizens.

We already fought a civil war to underscore that states do not choose their own brand of civil rights.

The moral arrogance and legislative cowardice of conservative legislators in setting aside civil equality for even a small segment of its residents, especially if based on public opinion, is another sad chapter in the discrimination history of this country.

It is even sadder to remember that the same type of arguments, citing tradition, history and the Bible, were used to justify slavery and segregation.

Donald A. Smith


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