Ohio Couple Files Lawsuit Alleging Heterosexual Couples Are Forced to Pay Higher Taxes In State Than Same-Sex Couples

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A Painesville couple has filed a class action lawsuit alleging married couples in Ohio are unfairly required to pay higher taxes than same-sex couples.

Glenn and Jodie Cahill filed the lawsuit against Ohio Tax Commissioner Joseph W. Testa in the Lake County Court of Common Pleas in February.

“Our issue on gay marriage isn’t the issue here. It’s how the tax code is being used,” said Glenn Cahill in an exclusive interview with NewsChannel5 Investigator Sarah Buduson.

“I think it comes down to making sure everyone is treated fairly. We hear this quite a bit nowadays. People being treating fairly, equitably, everyone having the same advantages that every other group has and I think that is the crux of the issue to make sure everyone is treated fairly,” he said.

The lawsuit accuses the Ohio Tax Commissioner of denying heterosexual married couples equal protection under the law by “imposing a joint-filing requirement on opposite-sex married couples that does not apply to identically situated same-sex couples.”

“The state has to pick it one way or the other. In this case, we say that they have to treat everybody the same and if they let anybody file single,  they have to let everybody file single,” said Pat Perotti, an attorney representing the Cahills.

Under federal law, both heterosexual and same-sex married couples may file joint federal tax returns.

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SOURCE: News Net 5 – Sarah Buduson

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