September 1, 2013 | by Heather Clark Christian News Network
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasure and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), as well as the Department of Health and Human Services, have announced that same-sex marriages will now be recognized for federal income tax purposes and Medicare benefits.
The decision was announced on Thursday by the departments, advising that the conclusion was reached in light of June’s Supreme Court ruling striking down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
“DOMA’s principal effect is to identify and make unequal a subset of state-sanctioned marriages. It contrives to deprive some couples married under the laws of their State, but not others, of both rights and responsibilities, creating two contradictory marriage regimes within the same State,” wrote Justice Anthony Kennedy. “It also forces same-sex couples to live as married for the purpose of state law but unmarried for the purpose of federal law, thus diminishing the stability and predictability of basic personal relations the State has found it proper to acknowledge and protect.”
The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the IRS announced … [Read full story here: IRS/Medicare]