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Originally published Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 6:13 AM

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Seattle backs off allowance for gay employees

The city of Seattle has postponed plans for a wedding gift to gay and lesbian employees when they marry.

The Associated Press

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SEATTLE —

The city of Seattle has postponed plans for a wedding gift to gay and lesbian employees when they marry.

The city had planned to give those workers a $90 a month allowance to offset a federal tax break available only to heterosexual couples under the Defense of Marriage Act.

KIRO-FM reports ( http://is.gd/MsJQHW) the benefit would cost Seattle taxpayers $162,000 a year.

The city attorney's office raised concerns the benefit would violate state law.

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn canceled plans for a Wednesday news conference, but he says the city is still looking at options to address the tax inequality for same-sex couples.

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Information from: KIRO-FM, http://mynorthwest.com/

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