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US: Alaska Supreme Court rules gay couples deserve equal access to tax benefit

Joseph McCormick April 25, 2014

The Supreme Court in the US state of Alaska on Friday ruled that same-sex couples deserve equal access to a tax benefit as straight couples.

The case was initiated by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in 2009, and sought to allow same-sex couples access to a property tax exemption.

Three couples on behalf of which the ACLU brought the case, were denied the $150,000 (£90,000) exemption which is offered to senior citizens and disabled veterans.

The ACLU of Alaska said that they are being treated like roommates instead of families.

A 2005 ruling by the Alaska Supreme Court found that denying gay couples equal rights violates the state’s constitution.

Alaska currently does not allow same-sex marriage and is one of only four US states which currently have no lawsuit challenging same-sex marriage restrictions.

More: ACLU, Alaska, american civil liberties union, gay couples, Same-sex, tax, tax benefit, US

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