Arizona Gay-Marriage Proponents: IRS Decision to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages a Good Sign

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The ruling by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service to recognize same-sex marriages for tax purposes is a good sign, according to a group of Arizona's gay-marriage proponents.

The agencies explained yesterday that same-sex couples that were legally married in any jurisdiction will be treated as a married couple for federal tax purposes, even if they currently live somewhere that doesn't recognize same-sex marriage.

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Warren Meyer, the chairman of Equal Marriage Arizona -- an organization that's trying to gather signatures to let voters decide on legalizing same-sex marriages in the state -- says this is a positive step for his movement.

"I certainly think any step in that direction, where we treat all marriages equally, is a positive step," Meyer tells New TImes.

The ruling from the federal agencies comes after the Supreme Court invalidated a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act a few months ago.

"Today's ruling provides certainty and clear, coherent tax filing guidance for all legally married same-sex couples nationwide," Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said in a statement. "It provides access to benefits, responsibilities and protections under federal tax law that all Americans deserve. This ruling also assures legally married same-sex couples that they can move freely throughout the country knowing that their federal filing status will not change."

Now, legally married same-sex couples have to file their federal income tax returns using either the "married filing jointly" or "married filing separately" status. This might actually create a higher tax burden for some. Arizona's Department of Revenue still doesn't recognize a same-sex marriage for state tax purposes.

To be clear, Meyer and Equal Marriage Arizona aren't endorsing the tax ramifications, but rather the feds' move to recognize those marriages.

"We're happy to see confirmation that the momentum is moving in this direction -- that's why we got this started," Meyer says. "I hope it makes it easier for voters in Arizona to accept this change that we're trying to get done."

Equal Marriage Arizona needs 259,213 valid signatures by July 2014 to get on the ballot.

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afdhm
afdhm

This is good thing, regardless of how batshit crazy some of the folks who monitor this webpage feel. Good luck to these same sex couples. I wish we could solve racism this easy. Sure is a lot of hate in the world based on the color of person's skin or the shape of their face.

You know what is really cool about this: Russell Peirce's adult diaper is full of Filaburto's tacos crap. But he has a AZ pension. 

cassityg32
cassityg32

It is NO ONES busness who a person falls in love with (or anything else). If you believe in your heart that its a sin & they will burn for it.....that still has not a DAMN thing to do with you. As far as quoting the Bible...well there are also passages about judging others, being tolerant & loving thy neighbor (with no stipulations attached). If you want to shout bible quotes & point out people who are going to "burn in hell" that is fine but just know that by doing so you will be feeling the burn yourself according to YOUR OWN logic. Get over it people sheesh

cassityg32
cassityg32

It is NO ONES busness who a person falls in love with (or anything else). If you believe in your heart that its a sin & they will burn for it.....that still has not a DAMN thing to do with you. As far as quoting the Bible...well there are also passages about judging others, being tolerant & loving thy neighbor (with no stipulations attached). If you want to shout bible quotes & point out people who are going to "burn in hell" that is fine but just know that by doing so you will be feeling the burn yourself

OATHKEEPER1958
OATHKEEPER1958

Lev 18:22-23 "You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination."

slenderman
slenderman

NOPE.... NOT GOOD . NOT GOOD AT ALL ....  >.> ???

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

lol i can just see Cathi Herrods head spinning around right now while green shit flies out

rickaz59
rickaz59

@HILLFOLKREDNECK“As for your male and female slaves whom you may have: you may buy male and female slaves from among the nations that are round about you. You may also buy from among the strangers who sojourn with you and their families that are with you, who have been born in your land; and they may be your property. You may bequeath them to your sons after you, to inherit as a Possession for ever.” (Lev. 25:44–46)

So are you a slave trader, or just friends with one?

“And the swine, because it parts the hoof and is cloven-footed but does not chew the cud, is unclean to you. Of their flesh you shall not eat, and their carcasses you shall not touch; they are unclean to you.” (Lev. 11:7–8)  

But that's OK if you don't eat pork.  Jews and Muslims follow that rule.  Which one are you, by the way?

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