Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Hershman Bill Prevents Already-Prohibited Joint Tax Filing by Same-Sex Couples

Sen. Brandt Hershman, who represents parts of the Greater Lafayette area, sponsored a bill that deleted a state tax provision that would have inadvertently allowed same-sex couples to file joint state tax returns in Indiana. It passed the Senate 41-6. Indiana code currently prohibits joint filings by gay couples. “This only codifies current practice. This is not piling on or anything like that." So why is additional action needed? Probably for the same reason we need a constitutional amendment to prevent same-sex marriages that are already illegal in Indiana by statute. Read more about Hershman's bill from the Indy Star here.