Help Us Keep This Momentum Going!

Hours ago the IRS made an announcement we can all get excited about! They have announced that legally married same-gender couples will receive the same recognition by the IRS as all other legally married couples - regardless of the state they live in.

This is a historic victory - help us keep these victories coming!

So what does this mean? Let us say you get a legal same-gender marriage license in New York, while the State of Michigan will treat you as two separate individuals, your marriage will be recognized by the IRS for things related to your federal taxes like filing a joint tax return, claiming personal and dependency exemptions, contributing to an IRA, and claiming the earned income tax credit. In other words, this is a game changing victory, but it is also a reminder that more progress is needed before true equality in Michigan is realized.

Equality Michigan applauds the IRS for following the Supreme Court's lead on recognizing that the federal government should stay out of the discrimination business. Michigan voters clearly agree with the sentiments of today's announcement - no one should be penalized by the IRS simply because of the gender of the person they have committed to spending their lives with. This latest victory for equality shows the positive impact the erosion of the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act" (DOMA) is having, and Equality Michigan looks forward to the complete repeal of this arcane law.

In the coming weeks and months, we believe there will be more announcements from federal departments offering guidance and clarification on how they are responding to the Supreme Court ruling against DOMA.

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