Treasury Department rules in favor of same-sex couples

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The Treasury Department ruled Thursday that legally married same-sex couples can claim the same tax benefits as married couples.

The ruling comes just two months after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.

The latest ruling affects how couples will be treated in terms of all federal taxes and applies to every state.

It does not apply to civil unions, registered domestic partnerships or other relationships recognized under state laws, however.

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