For Farid Ali Lancheros, a father and happily married gay Latino, hearing the news that all married, same-sex couples in the U.S. will receive federal tax benefits, was more than just an economical victory.
“It’s not just financial, it’s a big step,” Ali Lancheros said. “Little by little this country is forced to recognize the equality that exists and should have existed for everyone.”
Army Sgt. Darren Manzella, the first out service member on active duty to speak to the press from a war zone and challenge the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy, tragically passed away in New York last night. He was 36 years old.
Focus on the Family president Jim Daly is among the voices trying to drum up outrage over the New Mexico photographer who, according to her state Supreme Court, must serve LGBT customers in a way that doesn't fly in the face of her state's nondiscrimination laws. To bouy his claims, Daly is relying on a popular place of attack for folks who operate from his point of view: the mainstream media.
The US Treasury Department announced that legal marriages of same-sex couples will be recognized for all federal tax purposes. Same-sex couples will be considered married for all federal tax implications, including filing, exemptions, dependents, and employee benefits.