October 27, 2008
Charles Merrill Raises First Amendment Challenge to DOMA in Tax Court
From a press release:
Charles Merrill has filed papers with the U.S. Tax Court objecting to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) based on the 1st Amendment Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution. He objects to not getting all the same benefits as other married couples -- 1,138 of them -- under a discriminatory tax code.
Merrill, a life member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and cousin of the founder of Merrill Lynch, was previously married to the late Evangeline Johnson, the Johnson & Johnson heiress. He has refused to pay federal taxes, protesting marriage equality. He is legally married to his husband, Kevin Boyle, in the state California, but not recognized by the Federal government.
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Maybe the federal government should stop recognizing days of the week named after gods on the basis of the establishment clause.
Posted by: Idler | Oct 27, 2008 11:00:24 PM