Category Archives: Legal & Laws

Laws and legal matters surrounding gay and lesbian marriages.

Many married gay couples eligible for big tax refunds

“The Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, defined marriage as between a man and a woman, which meant married same-sex couples had to file their taxes individually. But the Supreme Court’s summer ruling overturned that law. Now these couples are not only able to file as married going forward, but they have the option of amending their tax returns for the past three years if it would benefit them.”

Read More Here:   http://money.cnn.com/2013/09/27/pf/same-sex-tax-refunds/index.html

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Legal benefits take effect for gay married couples

“Monday marked the first day that legally married gay couples are entitled to their spouse’s retirement benefits as a result of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as being between and man and woman.”

Click Here For More:  http://www.ksat.com/news/legal-benefits-take-effect-for-gay-married-couples/-/478452/21968250/-/5i8o76z/-/index.html

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Yo! Louisiana Gays & Lesbians!

“Louisiana will not recognize same-sex marriages for the purposes of state tax filing purposes. This is not surprising news in that Louisiana has a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.”

Read More Here:  http://lezgetreal.com/2013/09/sex-couples-file-joint-tax-returns-louisiana/

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Ginsburg: Gay marriage shows Constitution’s genius

“PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who recently officiated at a friend’s same-sex wedding, told a Philadelphia audience Friday that growing acceptance of gay marriage reflects the “genius” of the U.S. Constitution.”

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http://www.nbc12.com/story/23365088/ginsburg-gay-marriage-shows-constitutions-genius

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Sweet Cakes By Melissa Closes After Refusing Lesbian Brides-To-Be

“The Oregon bakery has been at the center of controversy since it became clear that they had discriminated against a lesbian couple by refusing to bake the couple a wedding cake.”

More Here: http://lezgetreal.com/2013/09/sweet-cakes-melissa-closes-refusing-lesbian-brides/

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IRS issues tax rules for married gay couples

“The government on Thursday said that all legally married gay couples will be able to file joint federal tax returns even if they reside in states that do not recognize same-sex marriages.”

http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/IRS-issues-tax-rules-for-married-gay-couples-4772157.php

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Married Same-Sex Couples Get Tax, Medicare Equality

“The US Treasury Department and Health and Human Services have both announced that they will be extending benefits to same-sex couples thanks to the declaration that the Defense of Marriage Act, Section 3 is unconstitutional.

The Family Equality Council praised the announcement out of the US Treasury Department that they will consider married same-sex couples as married for the purposes of federal tax collection.” ….more at:

http://lezgetreal.com/2013/08/married-sex-couples-get-tax-medicare-equality/

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Churches Changing Bylaws After Gay Marriage Ruling

“Worried they could be sued by gay couples, some churches are changing their bylaws to reflect their view that the Bible allows only marriage between one man and one woman.”

http://nj1015.com/churches-changing-bylaws-after-gay-marriage-ruling/

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Court: Photographer who wouldn’t work a gay wedding violated anti-discrimination law

“A Christian photographer who refused to photograph the wedding of a gay couple violated state anti-discrimination laws, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Elaine Huguenin, co-owner of Elane Photography, refused to photograph the commitment ceremony for a lesbian couple because she believes marriage is a union between one man and one woman. In May 2012, a New Mexico appeals court said the refusal violated the state’s law and Thursday’s decision upholds that finding.”

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/court_photographer_who_wouldnt_work_a_gay_wedding_violated_antidiscriminati/

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Married same-sex couples with kids see IRS tabs rising

“Married same-sex couples with children may face higher bills from the IRS as recent Supreme Court rulings start playing out in the tax code.”

http://www.willitsnews.com/ci_23887625/married-same-sex-couples-kids-see-irs-tabs

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