The IRS Will Recognize Your Gay Marriage Now
1. As states debate among themselves whether or not to recognize same-sex nuptials, the IRS made clear today they believe in equality. For the first time ever, all legally married same-sex couples, no matter where you live, will receive federal tax benefits from the IRS. And Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew couldn't be more pleased. "Today’s ruling provides certainty and clear, coherent tax filing guidance for all legally married same-sex couples nationwide. It provides access to benefits, responsibilities and protections under federal tax law that all Americans deserve,” he said. “This ruling also assures legally married same-sex couples that they can move freely throughout the country knowing that their federal filing status will not change."
2. Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Hawaii LGBT activists are laying the groundwork for marriage equality there.
3. Jeff Radebe, South Africa's Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, said he'll introduce hate crime legislation to protect LGBT citizens from hate. One of the particular problems they hope to solve are so-called "corrective rapes," rapes in which men try to "cure" lesbians.
4. Former Baltimore Raven Brendon Ayanbadejo, an outspoken supporter of LGBT equality, edited gay paper The Washington Blade's latest sports issue.
5. A federal court upheld California's ban on "ex-gay therapy" for minors.