Yesterday, the IRS ruled that same-sex married couples can file taxes jointly, regardless of the law in their state of residence. That means that if two people were married in one of the 13 states with same-sex marriage laws, and they reside in one of the 37 states that do not recognize their marriages, they will file joint federal taxes and single state taxes.
This is both a significant step towards marriage equality, and also a confusing mess on how to file taxes. While this ruling does clarify how taxes will be filed for same-sex couples, it may create some complications, as pointed out in the NY Times.
Sexuality educators can use this ruling as an opportunity to highlight the progress towards equality, and the challenges that still abound.