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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Friday, May 2, 2014

Same-Sex Couples Given Equal Tax Breaks in Alaska

FlagThree same-sex couples in Alaska challenged the state’s denial of property tax exemptions for same-sex couples. Some of the tax exemptions applied to senior citizens and disabled veterans depended on marital status.

In State v. Schmidt, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled that the tax exemption discriminated against same-sex couples and struck it down. The court reasoned that same-sex couples that cannot marry in the state are similarly situated to legally married couples in the state and should not be treated differently for tax exemption purposes.

See Steve Quinn, Alaska Supreme Court Says Tax Exemption Cannot be Denied to Gay Couples, Reuters, April 25, 2014.

Special thanks to Laura Galvan (Attorney, San Antonio, Texas) for bringing this article to my attention.  


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