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Tax time means new options for New Mexico's married gay couples

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Posted: Saturday, March 8, 2014 4:00 pm | Updated: 11:44 pm, Sat Mar 8, 2014.

Linda Siegle and her partner have been together for more than 20 years. Laurel Awishus has lived with her partner for 30 years. And Claudia Sanchez has been with her spouse for almost 50 years.

All three women were finally able to marry their longtime partners in New Mexico last August after the Santa Fe County clerk began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. So this year, for the first time, these couples will be allowed to file joint tax returns, just like all other married couples in the state.

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