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No Taxation With Discrimination: Ending DOMA, And Beyond Equality

John Lewis | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
John Lewis

Last week, as we were preparing to hit "send" on our income tax returns, we thought that maybe, just maybe, this year will be the last that legally married lesbian and gay couples will have to lie to the federal government about the nature of their relationships and file their taxes as single people.

The Potential Impact Of This Summer's DOMA Ruling On The IRS' FAQ For Same-Sex Couples

Richard C. Milstein | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard C. Milstein

On Oct. 19 the IRS published an FAQ for same-sex couples in which it reiterated that in the Internal Revenue Code, "marriage" means a marriage between a man and a woman. But if the Supreme Court rules that Section 3 of DOMA is unconstitutional, then the FAQ will be incorrect.

Separate But Equal Has Never Been Equal

Erik Newton | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Erik Newton

The Defense of Marriage Act forces employers to treat married same-sex couples differently from married straight couples. For example, because of DOMA, employers must withhold more from the paychecks of married gay employees than from those of married straight employees.

PHOTO: This Is What DOMA Discrimination Looks Like

Waymon Hudson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Waymon Hudson

With momentum for marriage equality rolling ahead and acceptance of LGBT issues at an all-time high in polls, it can sometimes be easy to forget just how pervasive institutional discrimination against LGBT people can be. And then you get a letter in the mail reminding you of just that.

What The Defense Of Marriage Act Has Wrought In One Family: An Open Letter To President Obama

Dr. Susan Corso | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dr. Susan Corso

Mr. President, no taxpayer should have to go through this sort of harassment ever again. Distress understates the case. I'm sad beyond sad that I have to defend my marriage, my choice of profession, and my integrity to my own government.

DOMA Packs A Particularly Potent Punch At Tax Time

John Becker | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
John Becker

I choose to share my story because of the truly astonishing number of well-meaning people, both inside and outside the LGBT community, who have absolutely no clue that same-sex couples incur federal tax penalties even when they live in states that recognize their marriages.

Illinois Civil Union Tax Loophole Fixed: Couples Get Joint Tax-Filing

Waymon Hudson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Waymon Hudson

In a big reversal from the Illinois Department of Revenue, couples who have entered into civil unions will be able to jointly file their 2011 state tax returns.