Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Lawsuit Challenges Application of DOMA to Tax Code

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders has filed the first multi-plaintiff legal challenge the application of Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to 1,138 federal statutes (including the Internal Revenue Code):

Gill  v. Office of Personnel Management targets the denial of certain federal rights and protections to married same-sex couples in Massachusetts. ...  This suit, filed today in federal District Court in Boston, addresses the use of DOMA Section 3 to deny spousal protections in Social Security, federal income tax, federal employees’ and retirees’ benefits, and in the issuance of passports.

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While the concept of two Internal Revenue Services does little to excite the average person, the separation of the business of funding the Federal Government from the business of income redistribution would dramatically change the way people view government programs.

Posted by: peterfedrick | Mar 3, 2009 10:16:59 PM