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COLUMBUS -- Same-sex couples are one step closer to having the right to file joint income tax returns in Ohio.

Two Ohio state senators, Michael Skindell and Charleta Tavares, have introduced new legislation that would allow same-sex couples to file joint tax returns. While same-sex couples can file joint federal tax returns, they are not afforded the same right by the Ohio Department of Taxation when filing at the state level.

Right now, same-sex couples who are married outside of Ohio must use special forms and file as "single" or "head of household".

"The current rules place an unfair burden on married same-sex couples in Ohio by requiring them to file additional tax forms when other married couples do not," said Senator Skindell.

"This is fair and reasonable legislation that ensures all Ohioans are treated the same regardless of sexual orientation."

Earlier this year, President Obama instructed the U.S. Treasury department to recognize same-sex marriages following a Supreme Court ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional.