Friday, March 06, 2009


I really could not come up with a better title for this post.

Two days ago I posted a humorous video about gay marriage. This post, however, is not funny at all.

Annie Leibovitz, one of the most acclaimed artists living today, is in serious financial trouble. Why? Because when her partner, Susan Sontag, died in 2004, she left her entire estate to Leibovitz. But since the government doesn't recognize their relationship, Leibovitz is forced to pay up to 50% of the value of the estate in taxes. Had Leibovitz and Sontag been recognized as a married couple, Leibovitz wouldn't have to pay a dime. First she had to suffer through the death of a loved one, and now she has to suffer financially.

This is just one reason why gay marriage should be legalized. My heart breaks for Leibovitz. 

Story found via Evil Beet.

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