I read this on andrewsullivan.com, who married his partner in Massachusetts:
Our marriage was already recognized by DC before this wonderful day. Now for the joint tax returns! Except we file a married return for state taxes and then have to say we are total strangers for the federal returns.
This is what is weird:
In some states, married LGBTQ couples can file state taxes jointly, but federal taxes? Complete strangers.
In some states and businesses, LGBTQ couples can file for joint benefits; others, we are complete strangers.
On passports and claims when flying abroad or back into the States? We couples are strangers and not family;
Census 2010? Same thing: we are strangers, roommates at best.
When will the federal government catch up with our reality?
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