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Illinois Civil Union tax loophole fixed: Couples get joint tax-filing

Illinois Civil Union tax loophole fixed: Couples get joint tax-filing

In a big reversal from the Illinois Department of Revenue, couples who have entered into civil unions will be able to jointly file their 2011 state tax returns. Illinois recently moved to offer statewide protections supposedly equal, but separate, to marriage with the passage of the ‘Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act.’ The…

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Not Shocked: IL hate group campaigns for hateful gay blood ban

Not Shocked: IL hate group campaigns for hateful gay blood ban

Sigh… I would like to say I’m surprised by the latest media-grabbing ‘campaign’ from the bigoted hate group Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH), but all I can really muster is an exasperated sigh and maybe an eye-roll. After all, the Naperville, Illinois based organization is officially designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty…

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Boo-hoo: Illinois hate group loses tax-exempt status

Boo-hoo: Illinois hate group loses tax-exempt status

Someone cue the tiny violins… “Americans For Truth About Homosexuality” (AFTAH), run by anti-gay crusader Peter LaBarbera, has had its IRS 501(c)3 tax-exempt stats revoked due to the failure to file the required tax forms with the state of Illinois for three years. The Naperville, Illinois based organization, officially designated a hate group by the…

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Civil union tax loophole proves why separate is never equal

Civil union tax loophole proves why separate is never equal

Opponents of full marriage equality for same-sex couples often ask why the LGBT community can’t simply be happy with separate institutions and groupings of rights like civil unions and domestic partnerships. Illinois recently became one such state to move to offer statewide protections supposedly equal, but separate, to marriage with the passage of the ‘Illinois…

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