Story By: James Edstrom

Carolyn Maloney With Randy Jones

Gregory L. Matalon With Carolyn Maloney And Randy Jones

Williamson L. Henderson And Carolyn Maloney

James Edstrom With Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney

Carolyn Maloney Stands With The Gay Community

Todd Shapiro With Carolyn Maloney

U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and gay advocacy groups joined Federal Officials in a press conference announcing new tax laws affecting same-sex couples in New York State. Thousands of gay married couples will be filing taxes jointly this week for the first time in New York States history. Tax experts were on hand to give consumers advice on this new Federal requirement. The news conference took place outside the United States IRS Center, on West 44st Street in Manhattan.

Village People Legend Randy Jones was there and spoke how for the first time his partner of 30 years can file together. The icon even sang a short version of YMCA to the amazement of the crowd that gathered.

2014 will be the first time married gay couples file federal taxes together in the United States. It’s been a decade since Massachusetts became the first state to start granting marriage licenses, and some states previously accepted joint returns for state taxes; a few couples even got an filing extension last year and were able to submit their returns together in the fall. But until the Supreme Court struck down the federal prohibition against gay marriage in The United States v. Windsor last summer, the Internal Revenue Service didn’t recognize joint returns for married same-sex couples.

We would also like to say,  Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney is one politician we just adore. She works hard for New Yorkers and always does the right thing. We need more people in Congress like her.

Photos By: James Edstrom/Times Square Society