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Colo. lawmaker wants to allow joint state tax returns for married gay couples

Thursday, January 9, 2014

DENVER — A Colorado lawmaker who sponsored the state’s civil unions law, says he will introduce a bill this week aimed at allowing married same-sex couples to file joint state tax returns.

Pat Steadman

Pat Steadman

Sen. Pat Steadman (D-Denver) told KUSA-TV that his proposal would ensure that Colorado state tax law uses the filing status listed on taxpayers’ federal tax returns, regardless of whether the state recognizes the marriages of same-sex couples.

“Because of the US Supreme court ruling last June, the IRS now recognizes same-sex marriages,” Steadman said. “But because of a [state] constitutional prohibition, Colorado does not.”

Steadman says 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.

Steadman, who is openly gay and supports full marriage equality, adds that he won’t be sponsoring such an effort this year, and that his proposal is only about how state taxes are filed.

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20 more reader comments:

  1. That’s the way it should be.

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 9:30pm
  2. They need to stfu and let us marry everywhere. This is so absurd. I hope gays one day take over the senate and congress and we make all straight christian homophobes illegal to marry

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 9:31pm
  3. So you WANT to inflict on others what you have had to go through?

    Replied on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 9:56pm
  4. Katie McCarthy I'll settle for outlawing evangelical christianity all together. That would solve a whole host of problems.

    Replied on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 10:33pm
  5. Unlike legalizing gay marriage, you guys' suggestions are actually a slippery slope. Don't get me wrong; I'd LOVE to never see another Bible-thumper on my campus. But we need to refrain from sinking to their level. If it's wrong when they do it to us, it's just as wrong for us to do it to them.

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 2:00am
  6. As it should be.

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 9:38pm
  7. Freedom & equality for all!

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 9:46pm
  8. In Delaware we could file joint state returns even when we only had civil unions here. Don’t CO civil unions provide all the rights of marriage at the purely state level? DE’s did. Of course here in DE we now have marriage equality, so we get the federal benefits.

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 9:49pm
  9. If you have a civil union, then you can file jointly. If you are married in Iowa, but don't have a civil union, then you can file federal taxes as married, but the state does not recognize the marriage per Amendment 43. Frankly it is a cluster.....

    Replied on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 10:09pm
  10. Yes! Proud of my state!

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 9:57pm
  11. Equality!

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 10:11pm
  12. I’m in NJ this is our first time doing it ?

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 10:20pm
  13. He’s a Democrat. ‘Nuff said. Vote out every last damned Republican in 2014!

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 10:33pm
  14. Katie McCarthy i sure do. Its them that have caused me to feel this way. Y shouldnt they feel it

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 10:33pm
  15. I say that if they don’t let everyone file jointly that is in a partnership NO ONE should be able to file jointly. Hey why not be happy about the no Marriage thing for state purpose, hetero’s have to pay for marriage, divorce, alimony and more, no fun. Then again most I know have shorter relationships than they gays!

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 10:44pm
  16. We second class citizens to most. We shoukdnt have to file taxes at all. We shouldnt have to PAY taxes. We arent good enough to have equal rights. Why is our money good enough for them. And on another thing there are still states we can be fired in for who we love. Seriously think about this crap. We can pay taxes we cant file together we can go to war but cant recieve benefits. And while at war we have to worry about being jumped by the people we are fighting for. And some worry about the pain of the peiple causin our pain. For lack of a better word i say bullshit. We will never be completelty equal there will always be bigots. Just like to this day people use the n word and say they are kkk. Its ridiculous. All yhis slave and stereo types shoylda never started then we wouldnt have to stop it. So many say god says ur going to hell for one ive never seen that. And honestly if god wants to condemn me to hell for loving a man more then myself frankly id rather go to hell cause hes no better then satan himself

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 11:37pm
  17. Michelle West. This one

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 11:50pm
  18. Exactly right!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 1:53am
  19. Sorry Erin Smith i just dont believe like that. If someone can be hateful and just awful i have no problem givin out what they give

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 2:19am
  20. Equality for all!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 2:53am