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This Tax Season: Total Chaos for Same-Sex Couples

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2014 will be the first time any married gay couple has ever filed federal taxes together in the United States. It’s been a decade since Massachusetts became the first state to start granting marriage licenses, and some states have previously accepted joint returns for state taxes. But until the Supreme Court struck down the federal…

Anti-Gay Marriage Mozilla CEO Resigns After Backlash

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Brendan Eich, the newly named CEO of the software firm Mozilla Corporation, resigned from the post after sparking ire among gay rights activists and supportive members of the tech industry for his opposition to same-sex marriage. Since being appointed to run the company most famous for the Firefox browser last week, many, including two former Mozilla…

World’s First Lesbian-Only Cemetery Opening In Germany

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A new burial area reserved for lesbians is opening this weekend in Berlin. Basically, a 400-square-meter section of the existing Lutheran Georgen Parochial cemetery will be set aside for gay women, with space for up to 80, the Associated Press reports. The Safia association, a national group primarily for elderly lesbians, said it created this space…

Trans 100 List Honors Transgender Visibility

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The second annual Trans 100 List, which honors transgender trailblazers, was unveiled today.  The Trans 100 intends to shift the coverage of trans issues by focusing on the positive work being accomplished and providing visibility to those typically underrepresented. An event celebrating the honorees was held Sunday evening in Chicago and brought together advocates from across the…

One Year Out: The Changing Tax Landscape in a Post-Windsor World

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Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court oral arguments in U.S. v. Windsor. Next month, many same-sex married couples will experience the impact of the June 2013 decision and the overturning of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) when they file their taxes as “married” for the first time. Although the reach of…

Federal Appeals Court Puts Michigan Same-Sex Weddings On Hold

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A federal appeals court put weddings on hold while it reviews the state’s request to stop same-sex marriages during its appeal of Friday’s marriage ruling. The move comes after a day in which several counties allowed same-sex couples in Michigan to marry.   (Courtesy of BuzzFeed.com)

Michigan’s First Gay Marriage Takes Place

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MASON, Mich. (AP) — Two women were the first gay couple to marry in Michigan on Saturday, one day after the state’s ban on gay marriage, approved by voters in a landslide in 2004, was scratched from the state constitution by a federal judge. Glenna DeJong, 53, and Marsha Caspar, 51, both of Lansing, were…

Fred Phelps, Founder Of Westboro Baptist Church, Has Died

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The founder of the “God hates fags” church died late Wednesday night. Update: Westboro Baptist Church posted a statement commenting on his death. Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., the founder of the vehemently anti-LGBT Westboro Baptist Church, has died. He was 84. Westboro Baptist Church confirmed Phelps’ death in a an online statement titled, “Fred W. Phelps, Sr. Has…