In February of this year, the U.S. tax court ruled in O’Donnabhain v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue that trans people can claim medical transition expenses as federal tax deductions.
Rhiannon O’Donnabhain, a trans woman and the petitioner in the case, was represented by lawyers from Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD):
New England’s leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression.
The case was a huge victory for the trans community and we owe a debt of gratitude to Rhiannon O’Donnabhain for putting herself and her personal story out there in the public spotlight. Thank you Rhiannon!!
Today, July 8, 2010, GLAD realized another legal victory when U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Tauro ruled on the lawsuit Gill et al v. Office of Personnel Management et al that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional.
Big thank-yous all around to the plaintiffs in the case, Nancy Gill and her spouse Marcelle Letourneau, Randell Lewis-Kendell, and Mary Ritchie and her wife Kathy Bush for putting their personal lives in the public eye to fight for equal marriage rights.
Lastly, many thanks to the folks at GLAD who strategically choose to fight these high-impact cases on behalf of transgender, gay, lesbian and bisexual people and people with HIV. I urge readers to check out GLAD’s web site to see all the great work they are doing.
PS – A second ruling was made today by U.S. District Court Judge Tauro in support of same-sex marriage in the case, Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Health and Human Services that was filed by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Civil Rights Division on behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. You can read about it here.