What do you do when you’re a politician live on television and a pastor who is against marriage equality asks you why you support marriage rights for all? You take note from Australia’s prime minister, Kevin Rudd, a devout Christian, and do exactly what he does in this awesome clip.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of The Treasury – The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today ruled that same-sex couples, legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages, will be treated as married for federal tax purposes. The ruling applies regardless of whether the couple lives in a jurisdiction that recognizes same-sex marriage or a jurisdiction that does not recognize same-sex marriage.
The ruling implements federal tax aspects of the June 26th Supreme Court decision invalidating a key provision of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.
“Today’s ruling provides certainty and clear, coherent tax filing guidance for all legally married same-sex couples nationwide. It provides access to benefits, responsibilities and protections under federal tax law that all Americans deserve,” said Secretary Jacob J. Lew. “This ruling also assures legally married same-sex couples that they can move freely throughout the country knowing that their federal filing status will not change.”
by Steve Anderson
Have you heard the newest mix from DJ Tristan Jaxx? Dance Floor Therapy is his latest high-energy set. At over 100 minutes, Dance Floor Therapy will make you dance in your seat, at work, at the gym, or on the dance floor. The best cure for a long day, week, or just a great reason to get up and dance!
In this mix we hear some great music from a selection of standard dance remixed divas: Deborah Cox, Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Rihanna, and Britney. I also loved hearing tracks from Inaya Day, Peter Rauhofer (RIP), Adele, Armin van Buuren, Mika, and Mariah Carey. It’s another awesome set from DJ Tristan Jaxx!
by Steve Anderson
NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell and Pete Williams are reporting today that the Boy Scouts of America’s National Board of Directors is actively considering dropping their national ban on gay scouts and gay scout leaders. The policy is now under consideration and if adopted it would leave the decision as to whether to admit gay scouts and leaders to the individual scouting organizations.
If approved, this change could be announced as early as the first week of February 2013.
The developing story, from NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell and Pete Williams: