Mike Norton calls on Suthers to challenge bill allowing joint tax filings

(Fight that culture war! – promoted by Colorado Pols)

A bill cleared the General Assembly Friday allowing same-sex couples to file joint state tax returns, if they pay federal taxes jointly.

Hick is expected to sign it, presumably because he agrees with backers, like The Denver Post, who point out that the current tax rules make no sense, given that state taxes are based on the federal filings.

But the religious right, as represented below by former U.S. Attorney Mike Norton, is pissed. Norton got his back slapped blindly by KNUS' Dan Caplis recently for saying the bill is a violation of Colorado's ban on gay marriage:

Norton: You know, [we] have a constitutional amendment that was passed by the people of the state of Colorado in 2006, that really didn’t state anything new. It simply reaffirmed what has been the historic position of the people of Colorado, [and] the people of this nation, in fact, the western world, that marriage of a man and a woman is a foundational social relationship that is important for the survival of any society.

Listen to Norton here.

Even Amendment 23 isn't that extreme, and it's out there. But why not extremify extremism if no one, like Caplis, is going to call you on it?

In any case, the legislation is about tax law, not marriage. But Norton, who's married to failed GOP Senate candidate Jane Norton, doesn't get it:

Norton: "And I mean, everyone is in favor of marriage equality, but we have to pretty much know what a marriage is, before we can define whether it is equality. And by tradition, and throughout history, marriage is defined as a union of a man and a woman, and it exists for a single purpose, and that is to bear and raise children. There is no question that children do better when they are with a man – a husband and a wife, a father and a mother. Moms and dads are different. And children need both moms and they need dads, as well."

Asked what he could do if the bill becomes law, Norton pointed out that Attorney General John Suthers joined a lawsuit challenging a court decision striking down Utah's gay-marriage ban.

Norton: "So, I’m hopeful that John Suthers will look at…this law as an assault on Colorado’s marriage amendment and take steps. I think that’s a possibility."

5 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Republican 36 says:

    Just want to correct one statement in the thread. I don't bleieve Mr. Norton was a district attorney. He was United States Attorney for the District of Colorado under the administraiton of President George H.W. Bush.

  2. itlduso says:

    It would be interesting to see how they plan to enforce this proposal.  Currently, there is no reporting of taxpayer gender.  So, I guess they would have to instruct Dept. of Revenue employees to look at the names on the tax return and guess whether there were two men or two women.  Reminds me of the Saturday Night Live skits involving "Pat".

  3. marklane1351 says:

    Mike Norton might just be old enough to remember that there was a time when there was no question that biracial marriages were bad for kids, that they were ungodly and immoral. We become more enlightened as a society over time. At least we are supposed to.

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