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S.C. bill would allow married, same-sex couples to file joint state tax returns

Friday, January 17, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The top Democrat in the South Carolina House says same-sex couples who are legally married in other states should be able to jointly file their state income taxes.

South-CarolinaA bill filed Wednesday by House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford would mean the couples wouldn’t have to file separate tax returns.

The Columbia Democrat says the requirement to file excess paperwork is not only discriminatory, but a waste of time and money.

Same-sex marriages are legal in 17 states.

In 2006, South Carolina voters approved amending the constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman. The definition was already in state law, but legislators argued the change was needed to bar recognition of same-sex unions from other states.

Rutherford filed separate legislation Wednesday aimed at deleting that amendment.

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41 more reader comments:

  1. But will they be allowed to marry in state?

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 5:01pm
  2. Well gee wiz thanks South Carolina…..what a bunch of ASSHATS.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 5:01pm
  3. Asshat...???? wut da fuck is that, your hair..??

    Replied on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 5:42pm
  4. Garrett Piersa

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 5:04pm
  5. But seems they will be paying more in taxes! So I heard….

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 5:06pm
  6. He will have to get state law changed first otherwise this bill will go nowhere because he is using it as an end run to get same sex marriage legalized. If it passes same sex marriage proponents will be able to use this bills passage to prove that the states public policy argument banning the practice is no longer valid because the same state is willing to recognize these marriages for tax purposes.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 5:07pm
  7. THIS IS WHAT THE US SUPREME COURT SAID ALREADY

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 5:08pm
  8. I live in SC. ANYTHING pointing in the right direction is welcome. Gotta start somewhere!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 5:20pm
  9. with you there Jacob

    Replied on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 2:39am
  10. OH I think their sweet darling Governor will sign that one..Hmmm

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 5:34pm
  11. she won't be there forever

    Replied on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 2:42am
  12. I live in SC… I’m not saying I don’t have hope… but I also won’t hold my breath

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 5:38pm
  13. I hope it happens :) Then i guess SC would be bearable and i wouldn't have to move lol

    Replied on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6:13pm
  14. I live here too .. we have to hope .. change will come eventually .. we have to work for it even if it does not come for us

    Replied on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 2:40am
  15. I LOVE SOUTH CAROLINA!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 5:45pm
  16. I hope that it goes through. Recognition of out-of-state marriages is always a transition into allowing those marriages themselves.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 5:46pm
  17. Go SC

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 5:59pm
  18. Already do this in CA.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6:10pm
  19. oh how the walls of society are crumbling

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6:22pm
  20. Way to go.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6:28pm
  21. states agree to recognize marriages performed in other states – and so they really must allow married same sex couples ALL of the rights of marriage within their state. That will be a case that Lambda Legal should also pursue!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6:37pm
  22. But we want more rights!!!! They think by doing just that we’ll be happy.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 7:32pm
  23. Of course they will cause we will have to pay more! But on the plus side where I work & some other places already allow you to put your same sex partner on your health coverage which is really great!!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 8:06pm
  24. they want th revenue, but not th status

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 8:33pm
  25. Does South Carolina allow same-sex marriages?

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 8:38pm
  26. Did not see that one coming at ALL!!!!! It would be nice for those guys and gals.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 8:38pm
  27. yes it would john

    Replied on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 2:42am
  28. What. They’re actually thinking around my state? I thought I’d have to wait at least 20 more years…

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 9:41pm
  29. They Should Just Stop The Had Love Is Love .NC Is Full Of Hate Do They Want To Be Like NC

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 9:55pm
  30. Yes, those down south are still fighting the civil war and are at least DECADES behind NY.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 11:45pm
  31. BAby steps, indeed. But it’s still progress! :D

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 12:29am
  32. I am originally from SC. I never thought I would see anything like this in my lifetime. I grew up scared to be who I was. Things are definitely changing. I don’t think they will be allowing same sex marriage anytime soon. But, this is a start!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 12:35am
  33. Wow, it’s a start

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 1:24am
  34. What about ks

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 1:57am
  35. i might have to cross the border into FT Mill

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 2:12am
  36. Because combining incomes means higher tax brackets. $$>h8

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 2:18am
  37. Well, Utah just did this, and so did Missouri (through an edict from the governor) so why not South Carolina? It’ll save all kinds of confusion in tax filings, for sure!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 2:41am
  38. Raven Tyler Kristin Galloway. One day when it happens.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 3:10am
  39. William Blankenship no sc is illegal for same sex marriage

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 3:12am
  40. Yeah one day. They need to legalize it already.. I would love a beautiful wedding… I dont care what anyone says… Kristin Galloway

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 3:21am
  41. The Carolina’s? The last stronghold for the bible thumpers? Wow progress.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 3:28am