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Same-sex taxes if DOMA dies

From a financial standpoint, same-sex married couples have much to gain - and some to lose - if the Supreme Court overturns the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

The San Francisco Chronicle
December 17, 2012

Newlyweds celebrate knot that was 5 decades in tying

They met at a New Year’s party in San Francisco in 1958. Saturday, nearly 54 years later, they wed.

It wasn’t the lack of commitment that kept them from tying the knot; they had persevered through thick and thin for more than half a century.

Rather, it was the fact that until Washington voters last month reaffirmed allowing same-sex marriage, the state wouldn’t recognize their marital union.

So, it was with more than the usual acclaim from friends and neighbors that John McCluskey and Rudy Henry said “I do” Saturday afternoon.

The News Tribune
December 17, 2012

OPINION: Respect gender identity in Maine

In 2005, Maine voters endorsed a law protecting gay, lesbian, and transgender individuals...Nonetheless, the question of whether businesses and public entities in Maine have to allow transgender individuals to use bathrooms consistent with their own sense of who they are as male or female — their gender identity — rather than their “assigned” sex at birth has proved quarrelsome.

The Bangor Daily News
December 17, 2012


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