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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.

This ruling adds further impetus to national recognition of same-sex marriage. Moreover it provides further reason for the Supreme Court to eventually strike down Section 2 of DOMA which nullifies  full faith and credit between states regarding marriage in accordance with Article IV, Section 1 of the United States Constitution regarding “full faith and credit.”

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.