Tax service turns away lesbian couple

U.S. & World

RUSSIAVILLE, IN (WTHR) After getting married in July, Bailey and Samantha Brazzel were preparing to file their first joint tax returns.

They went to the same person Bailey has used the last four years, Nancy Fivecoate, who owns Carter Tax Service in Russiaville, Indiana.

“We went in and sat down like we always would and she said ‘How are you filing this year?’ and I said ‘married joint’ and that’s when it went downhill,” Bailey said.

Fivecoate claims she declined to provide tax services based on her “religious beliefs…I am a Christian and I believe marriage is between one man and one woman.”

Bailey stated the couple did not have an issue with Fivecoate, but brought up the fact that this happens to other couples as well in Indiana due to the lack of LGBT protections across the state. 


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