Why Marriage Matters, Ctd

Dan Savage pounces on a proposed voter initiative that would raise revenue on high-income earners in Washington state:

The language of the initiative specifies that the 400K threshold applies only to "married couples filing jointly"; the income tax would kick-in at 200K for all other "individuals." Gays and lesbians in Washington state who are in domestic partnershipswhich are supposed to confer all the same rights and responsibilities as marriage (well, the ones controlled by the state)would have to pay the income tax if their incomes hit 200K. The language of the initiativewhich is hereis clear: high-income people in registered domestic partnerships would be treated as "individuals" under this law, should it pass, and they would pay a steep penalty at tax time.