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Blog Roundup: Montana, Supreme Court, and the Cost of Being Gay

June 28, 2010

A few updates from today and recent days…

  • Montana Republicans choose to include the criminalization of “homosexual acts” in their party platform.  Apparently they aren’t big fans of Lawrence v. Texas.
  • Marriage inequality costs gay couples, even in states in which same-sex couples can marry.  The Williams Institute at UCLA found it costs couples at least $1,000 per year in taxes, and much more in inheritance taxes (married couples’ wealth generally transfers to their spouse upon death without a tax burden).  The Associated Press lays out other inequities, like COBRA benefits and Social Security benefits here.
  • The Supreme Court ruled today that colleges and universities can deny recognition to groups that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.
  • Joe at AMERICAblog writes about his experience meeting Charlene Strong, who recently met with President Obama at the urging of Rahm Emanuel.  Strong’s story of her partner’s death and the obstacles she faced were featured in the Ref 71 campaign in Washington.  Joe Mirabella also has an interesting take on Charlene’s impression of President Obama that is worth a read.

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