This year, annual congressional financial disclosure forms (PDF), due May 16, would have included — for the first time — required information about married same-sex couples in Congress. But before the House Committee on Ethics‘ new disclosure rules were published, the committee removed that proposed provision from its instruction manual, reports Roll Call.
Last year, the ethics committee released a draft of the changed disclosure rules that included the new requirement, which effectively considered gay married couples as spouses for the purposes of reporting financial materials. Roll Call noticed it, inquired about it, and reported that the draft was removed from websites of the ethics committee and the House Office of the Clerk. Now the gay-spouse provision is absent from the new rules.
According to Roll Call, the proposed changes that made it out of last year’s draft include expanded sections on reporting capital gains and investments in self-directed retirement accounts, real estate investment trusts, government securities and hedge funds.
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