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Same-sex couples plan filing NC taxes as married

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Gay and lesbian activists are protesting North Carolina's ban against same-sex marriage as they file their income tax statements.

The Campaign for Southern Equality said Thursday that some same-sex couples are filing their state tax returns as joint and married couples rather than unmarried singles.

North Carolina bans recognition of same-sex marriages performed in states where it's legal. Activists say that results in gay and lesbian couples filing their federal taxes jointly and state taxes as singles.

The gay-rights group says one lesbian couple from Mocksville that plans to jointly file their state taxes this year saved $4,000 on their federal taxes because they were legally able to file as a married couple.

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