Illinois couples in civil unions can now file joint state tax returns. The Department of Revenue and the governor’s office worked to make the administrative change, which State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) says is a matter of fairness.

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“Folks in relationships have the same obligations as the folks in marriages have the same obligations as folks in marriages and they have to pay their fair share of taxes,” he says. “Until we change the federal [Defense of Marriage Act] law, we’re going to have a series of inequities across the state we’re going to have to rig solutions to.”

Harris, an openly gay member of the Illinois House, says couples in civil unions filing joint state tax returns still have to file separate federal returns, which means there won’t be much of a financial impact. Harris says this move brings Illinois in line with other states.

(Illinois Radio Network)