Ironically, it's "traditional" married couples who are taking it in the rear from DOMA
But before they can do anything, they must fill out a ”phantom” federal tax return the IRS will never see: a joint married filing prepared solely to determine their state taxes, which are based on federal calculations.
Yup. The Defense of Marriage Act defined marriage as one man and one woman, so while my wife and I pay a higher tax rate than two single people, a gay couple married in Massachusetts get to file their federal taxes at the lower single rate. Sounds to me like a clear violation of the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection clause.