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March 27, 2013

Tax law adds burden to newly married gay couples


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However, the whole process might be much simpler for New Yorkers in 2014. A law challenging the constitutionality of DOMA has reached the Supreme Court, who is expected to hear arguments today regarding state and federal laws restricting same sex marriage.

“I would like them to decide that DOMA is unconstitutional” said Town of Niagara resident Marvin Henchbarger, who is also the executive director of Gay and Lesbian Youth Services of Western New York. She says the law sends the wrong message to the youth she works with. “I’d really like to have our young people not have to go through self-esteem, self-worth, self-confidence issues that many adults in my generation had to because of the anti-gay sentiment,” she added.

In addition, Henchbarger, who was married to her partner Laurie Dean Torrell in 2010 in Connecticut, hopes the federal court will declare DOMA unconstitutional. 

“I want to be an equal US citizen. Immediately. I don’t want to wait years,” she added.




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