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September 1, 2013

Equal treatment by the IRS

NORMAN — The District of Columbia and 13 states, not including Oklahoma, recognize same sex marriages. Add the Internal Revenue Service to that list.

The Treasury Department this past week said same-sex couples who are legally married will be treated as married for federal tax purposes regardless of where they live.

The ruling, according to the Associated Press, follows a Supreme Court decision in June overturning some key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act. That act barred the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages for insurance benefits, immigration and tax filings.

Same-sex couples who have to travel to another state for marriage can return to their home state knowing their tax status hasn’t changed. The Treasury Department’s ruling was cheered by same-sex marriage proponents. “This announcement makes today a celebration and relief for married same-sex couples all over America,” said Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry. “At long last, the IRS will teat them as what they are: married.”

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