The Death Tax & Gay and Lesbian Americans

By Frank Luntz

April 24, 2001

Overview

The message to policymakers from this poll is clear. Gay and lesbian Americans overwhelmingly think they and their families are discriminated against by the “death tax,” and they want this tax abolished.

Fully 80% of the gays and lesbians in this study voted for Gore in the 2000 elections, demonstrating that Republicans and Democrats have found common ground on this issue. Just as they believe gay families should be subject to the same laws and legal responsibilities as traditional families, they too should share the same rights and benefits. Not only are death taxes perceived as double or triple taxation for gay and lesbian partners and families, but they are strongly viewed as unfair and discriminatory.

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