State Rep John Becker has been proudly and valiantly working to protect the rights of Ohio’s straight, white, not-poor men since taking office in January 2013.    And we got news this week that he’s urgently looking for support on another bill that would help fix a horrible injustice being perpetrated against straight married couples in Ohio: what Becker calls the “the Heterosexual (only) Marriage Penalty”.

In an email dated December 10, 2013, Becker asked fellow legislators to co-sponsor a bill that could only come from the desk of a true patriot like John.   According to the letter, the recent US Supreme Court decision on the Defense of Marriage Act, and a decision by the Ohio Department of Taxation, may result in a “tax advantage for homosexuals that heterosexuals can’t take advantage of.”

Oh the injustice!


State Representative John Becker in front of some trees

Becker’s claim stems from the fact that Ohio law requires married couples to file their state tax returns the same way they file their federal returns, either jointly or individually.   But now that the feds are allowing same sex couples to file jointly (because of the DOMA decision), Ohio faced a dilemma:  Do they allow same-sex couples to file jointly, effectively recognizing the validity of the marriage?   Or do they continue to not recognize the marriage, and allow the couple to file individual state returns, even though they have filed a joint federal return?

The Kasich Administration opted to continue its long-standing tradition of treating LGBT individuals like second class citizens, forcing same-sex couples to file individual state returns even if they filed joint federal returns.

And still Becker wasn’t satisfied.  Instead he attacked this decision on his personal website, claiming “married homosexuals (and lesbians) are given a special privilege” and accusing the Ohio Department of Taxation of “illegally encouraging homosexual marriage over traditional marriage.”

Becker may be a homophobic asshole who is confused about what “lesbians” are , but he’s clearly not dumb.   He sees the legal dilemma here.  And it scares the crap out of him.

As Becker points out in his letter, having different tax rules for different couples may be a “violation of the  Equal Protection Clause” of the US Constitution.  But instead of questioning the root cause of the problem (namely that Ohio bans same-sex marriage), Becker seems to be looking for a way to prevent anyone from filing a lawsuit that could call the marriage ban into question on its constitutionality.

Overturning Ohio’s same-sex marriage ban seems to be Becker’s biggest fear, and it appears to be the impetus behind this latest bill.  He hints at this in his email as he worries out loud about letting “the Courts” fix the issue.   

“Let’s not go there,” Becker concludes.

Good advice from a guy dedicated to protecting the status quo at all costs.

From his bill to limit voting days favored by African American churchgoers, to his bill to kick pregnant women and low-income families off Medicaid, to his bill to force Ohio’s poor to be treated by students and interns or his resolution to impeach a federal judge who “ordered that Ohio recognize the homosexual marriage” of a dying man, Becker is always on the lookout for those who might be infringing on the ever-challenged liberties of us straight male white folk.

Here’s the letter he’s sending around right now…

Ohio law (ORC 5747.08 E) requires spouses to file income tax returns joint on both federal and state, or separate on both federal and state.

Earlier this year, the US Supreme Court repealed DOMA. Subsequently, the federal administration is allowing homosexual married couples to file joint federal returns regardless of what state they reside. Consequently, the Ohio Department of Taxation is allowing homosexual couples to file joint federal returns and separate state returns. This is in clear violation of ORC 5747.08 (E) and provides a significant tax advantage for homosexuals that heterosexuals can’t take advantage of. Therefore, the restrictions in ORC 5747.08 (E) is being applied to married heterosexuals and not to married homosexuals.

The problem with filing a joint state income tax return is the marriage penalty created by our nine progressive tax brackets. Therefore, the Ohio Department of Taxation has created the Heterosexual (only) Marriage Penalty because homosexuals enjoy the privilege of avoiding it. This strikes me as a clear violation of the  Equal Protection Clause.

If we don’t fix this problem legislatively, the Courts will fix it in a way that nobody can predict. Let’s not go there.

To clean up this mess, I am sponsoring legislation to edit ORC 5747 (E) and allow ALL married couples, regardless of sexual orientation, to file joint federal income tax returns and separate state income tax returns. This will also eliminate the Ohio Marriage Penalty.



  • beckerequalswhitemaleah

    Is he a communist? I see on his web site that he was a member of a central committee. I thought only communist had central committees.

  • dmoore2222

    I wonder wha’ts in his closet?

  • beckerequalswhitemaleah


  • Gene

    Hey, John Becker: Most of us never knew, worried , cared that we had homosexuals living amongst us until you stupid Republicans allowed the Conservatives on Fox Broadcasting make you ignorant Republican jerks believe they had the same values as the Republican Party and you jerks started kissing up to them for the publicity you Republicans thought they were giving you all, nationally without having to pay for it.
    Homosexuality was usually something most of us only heard about in church. Your a jerk You are doing exactly what the Conservatives want you to do – promote all the things in the Bible that we have all heard for years since our youth preached in the churches that you can get away with and push them not as religious issues , but undermine our politics with religious issues. It just shows how much the churches and you religious fanatics are behind the stagnation of our country., politics, religion, and government, let alone our culture and way of life and progress
    If anyone wants to know how the Conservatives got into the Republican Party , look it up. What’s the difference? It’s all an attempt to disgust us with our government, politicans and way of life to eventually take it all away from us.
    Vote Conservative: Let them have their joy of stealing our country and government from us. Then we can all be equal because we won’t have to care anymore and envy unions , union leadership, teachers, fireman, policeman, social workers, medical personnel, government and other public workers being paid to much , having such good benefits that it make us so angry that they cost us tax payers so much even though they care for our way of life, health its protection, security and defense. Oh, I believe also they want to cut our military. It shows how much these hateful conservatives can make us hate our way of life and government.

  • Frank

    =The worst promiscuity of a heterosexual nature is exponentially less repulsive than the most minor homosexual intimacy.
    To engage in same-sex intimacy is on the same exact level as necrophilia, pedophilia, bestiality and rape.
    I would rather be the most promiscuous disgusting heterosexual on earth than the most monogomous homosexual, because at least as a heterosexual my pathologies could never be akin to necrophilia, pedophilia, bestiality and rape.

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