Newlyweds Ruth Berman and Connie Kurtz are gearing up to file their first tax return as a married couple. Typically, couples grapple with the financial pros and cons of filing separately or jointly. Though either way, they tell the IRS they are married.
However, for Ruth and Connie, prominent gay activists who were married last summer in New York after the state approved gay marriage, income taxes are far more fraught. The U.S. government does not recognize their marriage. By law they must file their federal income tax returns individually.
The trouble is, they believe that to do this would be a lie.
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