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Bill allowing gay couples to file joint tax returns clears first hurdle in Colo. senate

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

DENVER — The Colorado state Senate of Tuesday gave initial approval to a bill that would allow same-sex couples married outside of Colorado to jointly file their state tax return.

Colorado state capitol in Denver.

Colorado state capitol in Denver.

The measure would modify existing state statutes to link a couple’s state tax filings status to that of their federal tax filing.

Senate Bill 19 was approved on an initial 18-16 vote that split lawmakers down party lines with Democrats, who maintain a one-seat majority in the senate, voting yes and Republicans, one of whom was absent, all voting no, reported KDVR-TV.

Sen. Pat Steadman (D-Denver), the bill’s sponsor, said the legal change would enable same-sex couples who are legally married in other states, or who move to Colorado, to filing jointly as they would on their federal returns.

He says his bill would apply to legally married same-sex couples only, and not Colorado couples who enter into recently-legalized civil unions.

The bill needs a final vote in the Senate before moving on to the House.

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13 more reader comments:

  1. Let’s go Colorado! My state is making some good progress these past few years.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 4:11am
  2. YEAH!!! Please Texas get your shit together so my son and his amazing man can finally get married!!!! I so want to help plan a wedding!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 4:12am
  3. You are a great mom!

    Replied on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 4:24am
  4. Thank you Joleen, I will fight for my kid and everyone that is going thru this. Scotty Huffmaster is the best son in law a mother could ask for!

    Replied on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 4:26am
  5. Wow, I really wished my mom was as awesome as you are. You have so much of my respect and I wish your son and this "amazing man" of his all the luck and love in the world. Hopefully it won't be too long till they're finally able to tie the knot and you can plan their awesome wedding.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 4:43am
  6. Much love Anthony, you are always welcome in my home!

    Replied on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:07am
  7. Indiana is just talking about it this week.In The Big House Love Is Love No Matter Who you Are <3

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 4:19am
  8. C’mon Colorado, make it “marriage” and not merely civil unions. Second class = second class.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 4:19am
  9. they live in the same household, why not?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 4:49am
  10. renee can u be my mom lol

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 9:18am
  11. A step closer to equality.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 1:40pm
  12. All part of being treated as equals

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 3:05pm
  13. Glad I moved here.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 3:22pm