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IRS Recognizes Same-Sex Marriages

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The IRS now recognizes same-sex marriages for federal tax purposes and this can affect Montanans.

The marriages will be recognized even if the state they live in does not recognize those unions. The ruling allows married same-sex couples to move around the country without worrying about their federal filing status. Thirty-seven states currently do not recognize same-sex marriage. Montana is one of them.

"No one gets married just because they want the tax breaks," said Liz Welch, the American Civil Liberties Union LGBT Coordinator for Montana. "They want it because they're loving committed couples. But it does recognize them at a level that will help their families."

The IRS is another federal agency extending benefits to same-sex spouses after the Defense of Marriage Act was struck down. The other two are the Department of Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services.

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