Local group organizes forum to discuss DOMA impacts

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The recent supreme court ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act prompted a local group to organize a forum to discuss its impacts.

About 100 people gather at the State Capitol Saturday to learn how the high court's decision affects couples.

Currently, Hawaii is not one of the twelve states that offer same-sex marriage, and Civil Unions are the only option made available.

One of the attorneys at the event discussed their impacts on taxes for gay couples.

He predicts that the IRS will say by September that it will not allow same-sex couples to file a federal join tax return.

"The news is not good there. It's a reason why our legislature should pass marriage law and give us marriage. And it will be clear if Hawaii has marriage anybody why has a marriage in Hawaii will get all federal rights and benefits," tax attorney Lee Yarbrough said.

State lawmakers are in the process of determining whether a special session is necessary to discuss the issue.

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