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posted Friday, June 7, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 23
German court adds one more right for same-sex couples
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German court adds one more right for same-sex couples

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Germany's Federal Constitutional Court, the country's highest tribunal, ruled on June 6 that same-sex registered partners may file joint tax returns, just as opposite-sex spouses do.

In its decision, the court said there were no 'objective reasons for unequal treatment [of same-sex couples].'

Under German law, same-sex couples may register as legally recognized partners, but until this ruling, they could not take advantage of the same tax benefits that were available to married spouses. They still may not adopt children as a couple.

According to German tax law, married couples may decide to file their taxes separately or jointly. If they want to file jointly, they can split their tax burden equally, and this results in lower taxes for many couples. Now, same-sex couples can enjoy the same benefit.

In its June 6 ruling, the court ordered that the new tax law be applied retroactively to August 2001.

Last year, German Chancellor Angela Merkel opposed legislation to equalize German tax law for same-sex couples.

Earlier this year, Germany's top court expanded adoption rights for same-sex couples. In February, the federal court granted same-sex parents 'extended adoption' rights, meaning that if one partner has already adopted a child, the other may become an adoptive parent of the same child as well.

Germany legalized same-sex partnerships in 2001, but it has not yet moved to allow same-sex marriages.

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