Seventy-one-year-old Charles Merrill of Hendersonville, North Carolina, is thumbing his nose at the IRS and state tax board by refusing to pay his income taxes this year because he cant marry a man.
Its not a small chunk of change hes talking about either. Merrill says he made $2.3 million in stock sales last year.
Merrill, who says he was married for 23 years until his wife died in 1990, knows the tax benefits married people get.
Now that he has been in a gay relationship for 15 years, he says, Its unfair for President Bush not to consider two people in love as candidates for marriage.
Merrill says hes prepared to take the punishment for not paying taxes one year in prison.
He says he feels its his karmic duty to do it because he acknowledges, Young men in jobs cant do what Im doing.
(Contact numbers available only to subscribing media or trial media users. You can request samples at the Wireless Flash web site.)
Copyright © 2006 Wireless Flash News Inc. All rights reserved. Wireless Flash® and FlashNews® are registered trademarks of Wireless Flash News Inc.