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Bill to allow married, same-sex couples to file joint taxes passes Colo. Senate

Thursday, January 23, 2014

DENVER — A bill that would change the way some same-sex couples in Colorado file their taxes has passed the Senate despite Republican objections that the measure chips away at the state’s constitutional ban on gay marriage.

ColoradoThe tax measure passed 18-16 Wednesday, with all Democrats voting for it and all Republicans present voting against it.

The measure cleared its first hurdle in the Senate on Tuesday, and now heads to the House, where Democrats have a wider majority.

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.

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17 more reader comments:

  1. omg if i can get married and smoke im so moving to Colorado

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 5:22pm
  2. me too

    Replied on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 5:27pm
  3. me three

    Replied on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 3:57am
  4. Another victory in equal human rights.

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 5:23pm
  5. Another state of FREEDOM! :)

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 5:24pm
  6. *finally*

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 5:25pm
  7. its the law

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 5:27pm
  8. Sara Weinstein

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 5:34pm
  9. How is this not unconstitutional due to their constitutional ban on same sex marriage?

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 5:41pm
  10. Colo is sure looking good

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 5:51pm
  11. Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 6:42pm
  12. Common Ohio! Get with the program!

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 7:22pm
  13. Already here and love it!

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 11:53pm
  14. It not marriage in Colorado just civil union

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 12:17am
  15. This mean in another state that ur legal in u can file taxes her with a civil union so confusing just make it the same for all dam it

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 12:18am
  16. We’ll take your money but god forbid you can actually get married

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 5:28am
  17. Colorado has civil unions, how’s about they let gays and lesbians get legally wed first? Gays and lesbians are second-class citizens in Colorado till then.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 5:56am