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IRS to recognize legal same-sex marriages nationwide
IRS to recognize legal same-sex marriages nationwide

Legally married same-sex couples will be recognized for federal tax purposes no matter what state they live in, the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department announced Thursday. The policy change follows the Supreme Court decision in June that overturned the provision of the Defense of Marriage Act that barred the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages for purposes such as insurance benefits, immigration and tax filings. The new approach "provides access to benefits, responsibilities and protections under federal tax law that all Americans deserve," Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew said in a statement. "This ruling also assures legally married...