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Colo. House approves bill to allow joint tax filing for gay couples

Monday, February 17, 2014

DENVER — Gay couples in Colorado who are married in another state and in a civil union here could file joint state tax returns under a measure headed to the governor’s desk.

ColoradoThe Colorado House passed the measure Monday on a largely party-line vote with Democrats in favor. The bill already cleared the Senate so it’s now up to Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper to decide whether to sign it.

The measure requires gay couples in a civil union to file their Colorado taxes using the same filing status on their federal tax return if they are married in another state.

Republicans argued the state measure undermines Colorado’s constitutional ban on gay marriage. Democrats say the legislation is meant to align with updated federal tax law.

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26 more reader comments:

  1. Can I get an AMEN?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 12:46am
  2. AMEN.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 12:56am
  3. Time to go home.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 12:46am
  4. I’m liking Colorado more and more

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 12:49am
  5. Go Colorado!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 12:54am
  6. It’s better than nothing, it’s progress. But still a far cry from true equality. Still, we’re getting there one piece at a time.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 1:01am
  7. Not that far. Last time I checked, Colorado had civil unions.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 1:16am
  8. IRS recognized the place where wed took place for consider legal

    Replied on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 1:19am
  9. Yeah, but some states still don't recognize for tax purposes, so you'd have to file married for federal and single for state - which makes no sense.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 1:32am
  10. Get

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 1:05am
  11. Woohoo

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 1:27am
  12. This is SUPER news! I still wish for marriage equality, as civil unions are NOT equality but, it’s a nice step.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 1:27am
  13. Better than Michigan. Filed together for Federal. Have to file separate for State.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 1:31am
  14. Awesome

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 1:33am
  15. Why don’t they just follow the US Constitution’s 14th Amendment and end their ban on same-sex civil marriage? Separate and unequal never works and is unconstitutional. We have one constitution not 50!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 1:33am
  16. Because, how can politicians and religious nut jobs control our lives, with the US constitution getting in the way.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 2:28am
  17. The solution is for everyone to vote straight line Democrat in November, and to sue the conservative churches to challenge their tax-exempt status.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 2:50am
  18. I wanna marrie lol

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 1:33am
  19. Nothing will get done in a timely manner as they all will be high now…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 1:50am
  20. Loving Colorado and it’s peeps!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 1:59am
  21. colorado could be my retirement state.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 2:19am
  22. Moving!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 2:21am
  23. Good move.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 2:52am
  24. Lets go to a coffeeshop and have a spliff to celebrate!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:00am
  25. Everyone says that California and new york are ahead of the curve from my knowledge its seems to me that colorado is kickong ass!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:04am