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Seattle backs off allowance for gay employees

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Associated Press
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December 5, 2012

The city of Seattle has postponed plans for a wedding gift to gay and lesbian employees when they marry. The city had planned to give those workers a $90 a month allowance to offset a federal tax break available only to heterosexual couples under the Defense of Marriage Act. KIRO-FM reports (http://is.gd/MsJQHW ) the benefit would cost Seattle taxpayers $162,000 a year. The city attorney's office raised concerns the benefit would violate state law.