A new report from the Tax Policy Center places Portland, Maine, in the top ten of cities with the highest rate of same-sex married couples. According to 2015 tax data, 1,111 same-sex couples filed jointly in Portland, Maine’s Commuting Zone (geographic units that reflect the local economy where people live and work).
Nationally, the number of same-sex married couples jumped to 250,450 in 2015. This is up from 131,080 in 2013 and 183,280 in 2014.
According to the Center, “Same-sex joint filers are generally younger, higher income, less likely to claim dependent children (especially for male couples), and more geographically concentrated than are different-sex filers.”
In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act, allowing same-sex couples to file jointly (and receive marital tax benefits) if the state in which they filed also allowed same-sex marriage. In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that marriage equality was the law of the land and that no state could prohibit same-sex couples from marrying.