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US study highlights DOMA tax problems for married gays

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  1. follow the lead of other nations and do the right thing, unions, civil partnerships or whatever ‘label’ you want to give it, is still a marriage…….thankfully we have no disparity in Canada, it is what it is.

  2. Although there are 12? states that allow gay marriages, they are not recognized by the Federal Government.

    Consequently the following rights/entitlements are denied same sex marriages.

    areas affected include Social Security benefits, veterans’ benefits, health insurance, Medicaid, hospital visitation, estate taxes, retirement savings, pensions, family leave, and immigration law.[

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 30 Dec 2011, 1:32pm

      There are only 6 American states allowing same sex marriage. They are Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont and the city of Washington, DC. New Hampshire and Iowa are now the targets of right wing republican hate groups to overturn the same-sex marriage laws in both states subject to ballot referenda in the 2012 elections.

      1. @Robert Thanks for the correction! hence the question mark

  3. This Act was pure animosity against gays by the Bush Administration. Amazing that it still hasn’t been struck down by the Supreme Court.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 30 Dec 2011, 1:36pm

      There are 5 very staunch catholic republican judges on the Supreme Court. Even if this reaches the court, they are under no obligation to hear the case and could defer it back to the individual states to decide. Even if the 14th amendment of the Constitution were applied granting full protection of rights of the gay minority, they are not averse to ignoring its application as was done with the Citizens United law granting personhood to corporations, treating them as humans and allowing them to contribute as much as they want to political campaigns, in other words, buying elections.

    2. DOMA was passed during the Clinton administration.

  4. Spanner1960 30 Dec 2011, 1:43pm

    Even if the courts won’t recognise full marriage, the least they can do is recognise a full-time partnership.

    I’m not sure if the US has such a thing as common-law marriage, but if it has, then it needs to be changed to allow same-sex couples simply from a legal aspect.

    Anyhow, isn’t tax a federal matter? Surely state law should have no involvement.

  5. Very poorly written article.

    We all know that Pink News is heavily ‘inspired’ by US news websites for lots of their stories.

    However if they insist on doing this then I’d recommend they explain what abbreviations like DOMA stand for – most of their readership is UK based after all, and DOMA does not apply over here.

    1. You obviously didn’t read the article because it does say in the first paragraph that it is the Defense of Marriage Act and in the second paragraph it explains what the federal act is all about.

  6. That injustice needs to be taken to the Supreme Court on the grounds of discrimination and a violation of Americans Civil Rights in America.

  7. As I have said before the USA is a marketing liability that should have its name changed, their is nothing united about the states of america so they should just admit they are breaking the trades act and drop the united from their name

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