A fact sheet posted to the website of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump outlines that his child care tax credit plan will extend to homosexuals raising children together.
Trump unveiled his child care proposal on Tuesday, which he touted as an “an innovative plan to bring federal tax policies in line with the needs of today’s families.”
“The Trump plan will rewrite the tax code to allow working parents to deduct from their income taxes child care expenses for up to four children and elderly dependents,” it reads in part. “Mr. Trump’s plan will provide regulatory reform to promote new family-based and community-based solutions, and also add incentives for employers to provide child care at the workplace.”
In the brief Q & A section following the plan outline, the fact sheet reads, “‘Will same-sex couples receive the benefits?”
“The benefits would be available in the same way that the IRS currently recognizes same-sex couples: if the marriage is recognized under state law, then it is recognized under federal law,” the reply explains.
Trump did not mention homosexuality when speaking of his plan during a conference call on Tuesday, nor did he cite the matter during his appearance later that day in Philadelphia. But some noticed the inclusion of the question on Trump’s fact sheet, including David Lane of the American Renewal Project.
“[W]e applaud Donald Trump for wishing to make families stronger, but not with the help of social engineering,” he told Circa.com. “Evangelicals are not going to support a policy that has anything less than a mommy and daddy in the home. Studies show that children best flourish when one mom and one dad are there to rear them.”
As previously reported, the Trump campaign generated applause from some and disappointment from others when it became known last month that the website of the Republican nominee included the sale of “LGBTQ for Trump” t-shirts and pins.
“Show your pride and your support for Trump with this exclusive equality tee,” the store page for the t-shirt, available as the “Trump pride men’s tee,” reads.
Trump had also declared at a fundraiser in June that he is the best candidate for the “gay community.”
“So you tell me, who’s better for the gay community, and who’s better for women than Donald Trump? Believe me!” he said.
During his acceptance speech in July, Trump told those gathered that he would work to protect homosexuals if elected.
“As president, I will do everything in my power to protect LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology,” Trump declared, being met with applause.
“And, I have to say, as a Republican, it is so nice to hear you cheering for what I just said,” he said in response.
In February, he also replied in the affirmative when asked by a lesbian reporter if the nation can expect “more forward motion” on homosexual issues if elected president.
Both Trump and Clinton have declared that they are the best choice for the “LBGT community.”
“We will defend all our rights—civil rights, human rights and voting rights—women’s rights and workers’ rights—LGBT rights and the rights of people with disabilities!” Clinton declared during her acceptance speech a week after Trump made his remarks.
The previous month, she marched in New York City’s “gay pride” parade, posting numerous Tweets that day about the issue, including a video of the Democratic candidate speaking at a homosexual and transgender community center.
“[P]art of what I want to do as president is to keep not only our campaign for full equality going, but also to turn our attention with the help of so many like you to speak out and work for giving others around the world the opportunity to be who they are, love who they choose, [and] have the kind of future they deserve,” she said in the clip.