LGBT leaders welcome IRS tax ruling; say MI will need to address confusion

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BY RICK PLUTA
Michigan Public Radio Network

The IRS said same-sex couples legally wed in a state that allows it will be recognized as married for federal tax purposes, even if they reside in a state like Michigan that does not allow same-sex marriage.

But it’s not clear yet how the state will deal with the ruling.

Michigan tax forms don’t ask about taxpayers’ gender. They don’t have anything that would distinguish same-sex couples from heterosexual couples. State tax forms simply allow a couple to claim their federal marital status.

Emily Dievendorf is with Equality Michigan. She said Michigan also refuses to recognize same-sex marriages.

“I think that, unfortunately, because of this inconsistency between state and federal law, these are questions that continue to come up and decisions that will have to be challenged,” Dievendorf said.

There is an October hearing scheduled in a federal court challenge to Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban.

LGBT rights groups are also getting ready to go the ballot in 2016 to reverse the same-sex marriage ban.

Copyright 2013, MPRN

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