Gay Latinos celebrate ruling that allows them to receive federal tax benefits

NBC Latino
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August 31, 2013

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.”

Thursday’s ruling by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) applies to all same-sex couples, regardless of where they live. If a couple is married in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage, they will be eligible to receive their tax benefits.

George Constantinou and Farid Ali-Lancheros have worked with GLAAD on previous marriage projects, both in New York and nationally.