same-sex, federal taxes

Published 09/06 2013 03:54PM

Updated 09/06 2013 04:05PM

ILLINOIS -- Same-sex couples in the state may soon have a problem. Starting in 2015, the federal government will let same-sex couples who've been married in another state, file their taxes jointly. It creates a problem in Illinois because the state doesn't recognize those marriages.

To fill out a state return, you have to reference your federal return. The state is looking at options to fix the problem.

Same-sex couples can't get married legally in Illinois, so the mayor of Minneapolis is inviting them to plan their weddings in his town. He says he'll even perform the ceremony.

Same-sex marriage has been legal in Minnesota for more than a month. The mayor says if a fraction of couples took him up on his offer, it could bring millions of dollars to his city.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel reacted by saying the state's failure to legalize same-sex marriage hurts the economy and tourism industry.

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