ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The ACLU of Alaska claims the state unfairly discriminates against same-sex couples. The group filed a lawsuit on behalf of three gay couples Tuesday.
The controversy has to do with how much money seniors get to write off their property taxes each year and whether or not same-sex couples are entitled to the tax exemption.
After a 26-year relationship in Illinois, Julie Schmidt and Gayle Schuh moved to Alaska in 2003 for a lot of the same reasons other newcomers have.
“We'd vacationed up here several times, just really fell in love with Alaska and the people,” said Schmidt.
The couple bought a home in 2006 and two years ago, Julie applied for a senior citizen tax exemption.
The exemption allows any homeowner over 65 to not be taxed on up to $150,000 of their homes value.
They waited and waited, but they said they never got it.