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Tax season woes for Virginia's same-sex couples

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The defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act was a great triumph for married same-sex couples who for tax purposes had been treated as single, thus being denied benefits offered to their straight counterparts. But the news isn't that grand for married same-sex couples residing in Virginia.

Virginia like many other states that do not recognize same-sex marriage will not allow gay and lesbian couples to file jointly for state purposes. Meaning, while married same-sex couples can file jointly for their Federal returns, Virginia refuses to extend the same benefit for married same-sex couples.

Once again, if you're married to a person of the same gender Virginia, the state this supposed to be for "lovers" again indicates that some people are still second-class citizens.



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