There are Still States Where Same-Sex Couples Can’t Marry, But the IRS Ain’t Got Time For That

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August 30, 2013 by gabnormal

Gov. Tom Corbett’s (R-PA) lawyers said in a statement that same-sex couples can’t get married, just like 12-year-olds can’t get married, because quite obviously a same-sex couple wherein both partners are 18 and up have the same mentality as 12-year-old’s and shouldn’t be allowed to marry. Derp.

This statement was sparked after a Montgomery County Register of Wills, D. Bruce Hanes has issued more than 150 marriage licenses to same-sex couples since July 24, almost a month after the landmark rulings from the Supreme Court that eliminated Prop 8 and DOMA in June.

Hawaii, on the other hand, is moving to make same-sex marriage legal, as Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie provided lawmakers with a draft of legislation that will hopefully move the process forward, making same-sex marriage legal in Hawaii sometime in the near-ish future.

All of that being said, the IRS doesn’t really give a fuck either way. Thursday, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service said that regardless of what state they live in, as long as a couple is legally married they will be able to file for joint tax returns.

This means that, as long as a couple gets married in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage, they can move to wherever they please, including states that may not recognize their marriage, and not worry about changes occurring to their tax filings. A couple who gets married in New York and then moves to Pennsylvania can still file jointly, just as if they got married in New York and stayed there.

This also means that many same-sex couples who have been together for a long period of time may be eligible for refunds, which kind of makes this whole thing a lot cooler than it already was to begin with.

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