Gay elderly man adopts partner to avoid PA estate tax

Gay elderly man adopts partner to avoid PA estate tax

A gay man in Pennsylvania has chosen to adopt his partner of 45 years in order to bypass state laws that would force either of them to pay a hefty inheritance tax in the event that one of them died.

While the Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) Wednesday, the state of Pennsylvania still defines marriage as between a man and a woman. Gay couples still will not receive equal benefits in the state. So unlike the heterosexual married couples, gay couples have no right to inherit from each other without paying an inheritance tax.

John Francis, 65, and his 73-year-old partner Gregory became worried about what would happen if one of them died. That’s when John decided to adopt Gregory, ABC News reported.

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