In September, several of my colleagues and I wrote a letter to the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) urging the IRS to treat LGBT couples in states with domestic partnership and same-sex
marriage laws equitably and fairly. Currently same-sex partnerships have undue complications in filing simple tax returns because their marriages are not recognized by the federal government. The letter,
which was led by Congressman Jim McDermott, was signed by a bipartisan coalition of 74 Members of Congress. "Currently, fifteen states recognize same-sex marriage or domestic partnerships with no equivalent recognition under federal law. The absence of federal recognition for these couples has created ambiguity and complexity in the tax law that can, in part, be mitigated through IRS action," reads the letter. While I believe that legislative action should be taken to fully address the inequities experienced by same-sex couples, I will continue to work with my colleagues in urging the IRS to take immediate action to reduce the unnecessary burdens faced by LGBT couples in complying with our federal tax laws. Our tax laws should be applied fairly. I will continue fighting for the civil rights for the entire LGBT community.