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W.Va. Revising Tax Forms to Include Gay Marriages


  West Virginia is updating its tax forms to reflect court rulings overturning the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

A recent administrative notice filed by the state Tax Department says gender will no longer be considered when married couples’ personal income tax filings are processed.

Tax Department spokeswoman Lalena Price tells The Charleston Daily Mail that the agency is updating language used in all of its materials, including forms and brochures, to remove terms such as “husband” and “wife.”

On Oct. 6, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that struck down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban. A month later, a federal judge in West Virginia declared the Mountain State’s ban unconstitutional.