For the first time in their seven years together, Eric and Andrew Ellingsen were able to file a joint tax return this year.
Until last year, the Ellingsens lived in Apple Valley, Minn., where they filed two single returns, and could not have filed as a couple. Minnesota already has a law banning same-sex marriage and this fall, voters will decide whether the state's constitution should be amended to reinforce it.
After Iowa legalized same-sex marriage in 2009, the Ellingsens returned to Decorah, where they attended Luther College, to marry. Their move to Iowa the following year allowed them to note their marital status on their tax forms — at least for part of the year.
The Ellingsens moved to Iowa after Eric, who sang with the group Cantus, landed a job with the Luther College Music Department. Andrew, who is also a musician, found a job as an elementary school teacher.