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German Federal Constitutional Court Gives Gay Couples Equal Taxation Rights

Germany’s top court ruled that gay and lesbian couples must immediately be granted the same tax benefits as heterosexual married couples.

Deutsche Welle reports:

Germany’s top court has ruled that a taxation law granting only heterosexual unions a tax break was unconstitutional. Under the ruling, homosexual partners may be taxed as a couple rather than individually.

The German Federal Constitutional Court ruled on Thursday that a taxation law, which did not extend to homosexual civil unions, went against the German Constitution’s rule of equality.

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

Under the current law, heterosexual couples may choose to pay taxes on their respective incomes. However, the tax bracket increases substantially for high income earners. As a result, couples with a gap between their respective incomes pay more money in taxes.

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