Furthermore, same-sex couples will also be entitled to federal benefits, but left open the question to how Washington would actually administer them. “The treasury department answered some of those questions. As of the 2013 tax year, same-sex spouses who legally get married will not be able to file federal tax returns as if either were singles. Instead, they must file together as married filing jointly or individually as “married filling separately. Same-sex couples will now be treated equally under our nation’s federal tax law, regardless of what state they call home, said Chad Griffin the president of the human rights Campaign. These families finally have access to crucial tax benefits and protections previously denied to them under the discriminatory defense of marriage act”(Lowrey, 1).
Therefore, any perspective on the diversity found within and between family systems must consider how socioeconomic status (SES) and social class affect family strategies. Clearly, families from different socioeconomic strata may establish different family strategies partly in response to the different economic circumstances in which they live (Anderson and Sabatelli). According to Annie Lowery, “same –sex couple are now entitled to tax benefit as heterosexual couple, and now able to file as a married couple due to the change of law. At the same time, same-sex couples will also be able to file amended returns for certain prior tax years. Meaning that many couples might be eligible for refunds” (Lowrey, 1). However, things and times have changed as the years go by same-sax marriage is now being accepted as much as heterosexual marriage. Children who are raised by same-sex parents are now required the same benefit as if heterosexual parents raised them.