Pro-Family Group Counters Claims Tax Code Discriminates Against Homosexuals

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:30 PM EDT

( - A pro-family group disagrees with homosexual activists' claims that the U.S. tax code discriminates against homosexual couples. The Illinois Family Institute said if anything, the tax code "doesn't go far enough to reward normal married couples."

"The United States government and its taxing policies serves the greatest good of the nation by upholding normal marriages and traditional families - the bedrock foundation of any great culture," said the group's executive director, Peter LaBarbera, in a statement.

"We must never allow the government to financially reward unhealthy, aberrant homosexual relationships," he added.

LaBarbera said society has no interest in rewarding "aberrant" relationships.

"Research shows that homosexual men have a shorter life expectancy than heterosexual men," he said. "This and the prevalence of sexually transmitted disease among homosexuals are proof of the lifestyle's unhealthy and dangerous consequences."

"The government must recognize the fact that children raised in a traditional mom- and dad family do the very best. The government has an obligation to encourage this stable environment for children," said IFI senior policy analyst Dave Smith.

"If we move down the road to legalizing 'marriage' for unnatural homosexual couples, it will lead to an explosion of intentionally motherless and fatherless households," said Smith. "That is a radical social experiment that will place children in harm's way, and one we cannot afford to engage in as a society."

IFI is calling on Congress to strengthen provisions in the tax code to encourage traditional marriage and give economic incentives for couples who marry and have children.

"We should free the heavy burden on married men and women dedicated to raising well adjusted families," LaBarbera said. "Congress should not enact tax incentives for homosexual couples any more than for polygamists, 'swingers,' or other abnormal relationships."

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