A proposed law in Texas would give heterosexual couples additional property tax breaks depending on the number of children they have.
HB 2889 was proposed by Republican lawmaker Bryan Slaton, who said the bill was an “incentive” for what he called a healthy family unit.
Married heterosexual couples living in Texas who have four “eligible” children would receive a 40 percent property tax reduction, increasing by 10 percent for each additional child.
The last tier – 10 or more “eligible” children – would see a 100 percent cut, removing the tax altogether.
But if you’re a same-sex couple or divorced, you’re out of luck.
“I’m from East Texas. We have biblical values where we want people to get married, stay married, be fruitful and reproduce,” Slaton told Fox7.
“We need to support more children. Yes, I’m a little worried about our birth rate.”
UN forecasts suggest that while US birth rates are slowly declining, the decline in fertility has plateaued in recent years.
While research suggests this is due to economic factors, it’s also worth noting that the change in birth rates compared to the last decade is tiny and consistent with the rest of the world.
The population in the United States is declining, but evidence was reported by The Atlantic shows that this is likely due to immigration requirements and excessive deaths, many of which were caused by COVID-19.
When asked why he excluded divorced and same-sex couples from the eligible couples list, Slaton said it was because of what he thought a functioning family looked like.
“Bottom line, what we’re seeing is that kids do better when they have their mom and dad in the same house with them,” he said.
Opponents question Texas lawmaker Bryan Slaton’s motive for the bill
Opponents of the bill accused the Republican sponsor of not only promoting homophobia but also trying to push legislation that “The story of the maid Fuck.”
Equality Texas CEO Ricardo Martinez said he was disappointed but not surprised by the bill.
“Eventually, the anti-trans and anti-LGBTQ+ animus becomes a kind of full-blown creepy obsession,” he said fox7. “I worry about the stigma it still holds.
“It leads to increased bullying and harassment [and] Force.”
In addition to proposing incentives for “nuclear family” households and excluding LGBTQ+ couples, Slaton champions the “Texit” movement.
Following Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, various mostly right-wing pundits have suggested Texas could secede from the United States, a move dubbed Texit.
On his website, Slaton linked to a petition asking people to “tell the Texas state legislature that you support Texit.”
He submitted Invoice on Monday (March 6th) That, if passed, would start a referendum on whether the Lone Star State should secede from the Union, much like seven southern states — including Texas — did in the run-up to the American Civil War in 1861.
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