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Statements from the LGBTQ Caucus: marriage equality finally guaranteed in every state

OLYMPIA – Today the United States Supreme Court issued its much-awaited ruling on marriage equality across the country. In a landmark decision that will finally secure marriage rights for all couples, the Court ruled state bans on same-sex marriages across the country unconstitutional under the Fourteenth Amendment, effectively granting couples in all 50 states the right to marry. Washington voters approved marriage equality in 2012. In response, Washington State House and Senate members of the LGBTQ Caucus released the following … Continue reading

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The perfect gift for newlyweds? Health care coverage!

Before the legislature passed and Washington voters approved marriage equality, our state’s same-sex couples could enter a “domestic partnership”. On June 30th, domestic partnerships that had yet to be converted to marriages were automatically switched. This conversion is important for a number of reasons, including health care coverage. In order to accommodate couples who find themselves newlyweds, Washington Healthplanfinder has announced a special enrollment period. According to Healthplanfinder, “The 60-day enrollment window provides these couples with a unique opportunity to … Continue reading

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Reminder sent to employers: same-sex marriage discrimination is illegal

Last month, President Obama declared June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. From the president’s official proclamation: This month, as we mark 45 years since the patrons of the Stonewall Inn defied an unjust policy and awakened a nascent movement, let us honor every brave leader who stood up, sat in, and came out, as well as the allies who supported them along the way. Following their example, let each of us speak for tolerance, justice, and … Continue reading

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IRS will recognize gay marriages in all 50 states

Gay couples all over the U.S. scored a HUGE victory yesterday. The U.S. Treasury Department and the IRS announced they would recognize same-sex married couples in all 50 states if those couples were married in a state where same-sex marriages are legal. The ruling will apply to all federal tax laws as they relate to marriage – things like income, gifts, estates, child dependency, employee benefits, IRA contributions, and health insurance. From the IRS website: The U.S. Department of the … Continue reading

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Celebrating marriage equality

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