The IRS, not known for making people happy, put smiles on the faces of supporters of gay and lesbian rights nationwide Thursday, when it announced that same-sex married couples will now be governed by the same tax rules as opposite-sex couples, whether the state they live in recognizes their marriages or not.
Also Thursday the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that if both spouses in a same-sex marriage are beneficiaries in a Medicare Advantage plan, they will be entitled to receive equal coverage for treatment in the same nursing home, a benefit previously reserved for opposite-sex couples.
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The Associated Press contributed to this story.