INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A candidate for State Auditor wants gay marriage to be an issue in that race.
Michael Claytor is a Democrat who hopes to unseat Republican Auditor Suzanne Crouch.
He appeared outside the government center where state tax returns are processed to argue that people who benefit from gay marriages in other states should not have to file their Indiana taxes separately.
“Indiana should recognize their marriage,” said Claytor, “and allow them to file a joint tax return in Indiana.”
He pointed out that a couple in a traditional marriage needs to transfer just one number from their federal tax return to their state tax return. A couple in a gay marriage needs to produce five forms and 28 numbers, he said.
“That’s an unbelievable amount of additional paperwork,” said Claytor, “that is not necessary.”
It is required because of a vote in the state Senate earlier this month on a bill authored by Brandt Hershman.
“Same sex couples have never been recognized in this state,” said Sen. Hershman at the time.
It makes gay marriage an issue in a statewide race.
Republican Auditor Suzanne Crouch voted for the ban on gay marriage when she was in the General Assembly, but state GOP Chairman Tim Berry says Claytor is misguided because the auditor has no authority over tax forms.
“Obviously he doesn’t know the responsibilities for the job that he’s seeking,” said Berry, “and Suzanne Crouch is focused on the responsibilities of being the Auditor of State.”
Claytor, on the other hand, even stated a position on gay marriage saying, “So far in Indiana that’s not possible and that should not be the case.”
Claytor has even created forms to help people in a same sex marriage figure out their Indiana taxes. They’re available on his campaign website.