USA-flag 420x470A 65-year-old gay man in Pennsylvania has legally adopted his 73-year-old male partner of almost 45 years in order to avoid the US state’s higher inheritance tax rate on unmarried couples.

Despite the US Supreme Court overturning the Defense of Marriage Act at a federal level last week, Pennsylvania retails similar state-based legislation banning same-sex marriage. However, the adoption is for life, preventing any future marriage for adoptive father and son even if Pennsylvania law changes to favour marriage equality.

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