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All Gay Married Couples Entitled to Federal Tax Benefits

Every same-sex couple who is legally married will have access to federal tax benefits, even if they live in a state that does not recognize their marriage. The announcement, made by the IRS and the Treasury Department last week, puts to rest the question of whether federal recognition would apply based on the state of marriage celebration, or the state of residence of the couple in question. The state of celebration has won out, and included under the umbrella are …

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Posted 8 months ago in Divorce Gay and Lesbian issues by Aaron Kase  
Demise of DOMA May Not Help Gay Couples Seeking Divorce

A lesbian couple filed for divorce just a week after Minnesota enacted its marriage equality law on Aug. 1. Dawn Tuckner and her wife were married in Canada in 2004 and even had a child together through artificial insemination, but the union soon went sour. However, since they lived in Minnesota, which didn’t recognize their marriage until this year, they couldn’t get divorced. “I was so excited. I’ve been stuck in a relationship — basically being married to someone that, …

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Posted 10 months ago in Gay and Lesbian issues by Aaron Kase  
Supreme Court Allows Gay Marriage To Resume in California

The U.S. Supreme Court today sent back a challenge to California’s gay marriage ban for lack of standing, which will most likely bring full marriage equality to the state. Because state officials declined to defend the law, the court reasoned in a 5-4 decision, the parties who challenged a district court ruling that threw out the ban had no right to bring an appeal. “We have never before upheld the standing of a private party to defend constitutionality of a …

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Posted 11 months ago in Gay and Lesbian issues by Aaron Kase  
Minnesota Gov. Signs Marriage Equality into Law

Months after Minnesota voters declined to enshrine a ban on gay marriage in the state constitution, Gov. Mark Dayton today signed a bill that permits gay and lesbian couples to tie the knot. “What a difference a year and an election can make in our state,” Dayton said at the signing. “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness should certainly include the right to marry the person you love.” The state Senate passed the bill yesterday by a 37-30 vote …

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Gay Moms Get True Marriage Equality in Iowa

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled on May 3 that the state must recognize children born to lesbian couples as having two parents on their birth certificate, ensuring full parental rights for both parents and equal treatment for gay and heterosexual couples.   ‘Biology’ Cited by State Heather and Melissa Gartner, a lesbian couple, were legally married in Iowa in 2009 after the state’s “Defense of Marriage Act” was held unconstitutional. They had already wed via a civil commitment ceremony and …

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