TX Lawmaker Proposes Tax Cuts for Straight Parents Who Have Never Been Divorced

Critics say the invoice is an assault on households who don’t adhere to right-wing Christian values.

A Republican state legislator in Texas is proposing a invoice that might incentivize home-buying, however just for heterosexual dad and mom within the state who’ve by no means been divorced and who’ve 4 or extra kids.

The invoice, authored by Rep. Bryan Slaton (R), would provide a ten p.c low cost to oldsters on their native property taxes for each little one they’ve. Caveats to his proposal, nevertheless, reveal that the invoice is aimed toward selling far proper, Christian nationalist values.

Slaton’s bill explicitly states that it solely applies to {couples} composed of 1 man and one lady — and provided that their kids are born by way of narrowly-defined “pure” means.

Single dad and mom wouldn’t be allowed to use for the tax credit score, and oldsters who’ve a baby who was born earlier than they acquired married wouldn’t be capable to use that little one to qualify for the advantages.

Mother and father with three or fewer kids of their households wouldn’t qualify for the credit score, and the invoice forbids dad and mom from making use of if they’ve beforehand been divorced. Heterosexual {couples} who undertake a baby after they’re married can qualify for the tax discount, however same-sex couples who do so can not.

The invoice would offer a 100% low cost to married, heterosexual {couples} who’ve 10 or extra kids, so long as the kids have been born after the couple acquired married and neither member of the couple has ever been divorced.

Apart from being blatantly discriminatory, the invoice has the potential to discourage folks in abusive relationships from leaving their companions, as there could possibly be vital monetary penalties for doing so.

Slaton, a former minister who has authored a number of anti-LGBTQ payments throughout his time within the state legislature, has quoted passages from the Bible to advertise the proposal. The invoice “will begin saying [to qualifying couples]: ‘Get married, keep married, and be fruitful and multiply,’” he said in a tweet.

Slaton has additionally mentioned that the laws is modeled after laws in Hungary and Poland that benefit large families. Notably, each of those nations are currently led by right-wing, Christian nationalist governments.

This isn’t the primary time that Slaton has promoted Christian nationalist beliefs. Certainly one of his former interns, for instance, has beforehand called for the public execution of drag show attendees.

Critics of the invoice have famous that it comes as Texas is severely limiting choices for folks experiencing undesirable pregnancies — within the wake of the Supreme Court docket ruling that overturned abortion protections in Roe v. Wade final summer season, the state has banned abortion in almost every circumstance.

“Whereas this invoice could appear to be it’s only a pleasant tax break for good, ‘all-American’ households, it’s really one more coordinated and thought-out assault on any kind of household who doesn’t adhere to ‘right-wing’ values,” wrote Katie Garrity, a contributing author to Scary Mommy, a parenting web site.

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