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 Pierre le Roux
Ok folks, I have some groundbreaking news to share with you. My husband and I have been debating when the right time would be to make this news public and we decided that the time has come. We have already shared this news with some of our close friends, family and employers and it is only fair that I now share it with you, my loyal readers (all 10 of you!). Before you grab a paper bag to start hyperventilating, there really will be no need for that. Except if you were already having a panic attack because you cannot handle anticipation, in which case grab the paper bag, nobody will judge you. Also, I am not quitting my blog, getting a sex change, fleeing the country, being arrested by Zimbabwean or Russian authorities or getting a divorce. And neither one of us is dying. This is good news people! We are adopting! And no, we are not adopting an Alpaca or my much coveted Gay Donkey. We are adopting a baby.
by Steve Anderson
Well, that’s it: we won. It’s impossible to overstate how monumental it is that Prop 8 is gone. Couples are getting married in the most populous state in the country. And nearly one third of Americans live in states with the freedom to marry.
Matt Baume with AFER takes a look at what comes next.