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Married lesbian couple turned away by Christian tax preparer

Married lesbian couple turned away by Christian tax preparer

Close up selfie of Bailey and Samantha Brazzel

A lesbian couple in Indiana has been denied assistance by a tax preparer on religious grounds.

Bailey and Samantha Brazzel tied the know in July 2018 and were ready to file their taxes jointly for the first time on 12 February.

They turned to the tax preparer Bailey had resorted to over the past four years.

However, what they thought was going to be a ‘boring trip to the tax office,’ didn’t go as expected.

When the couple announced they were going to file as a married joint, the preparer refused to help them.

The problem is ‘being married’

The problem was not the Brazzels’ ‘being gay — it’s being married,’ Nancy Fivecoate, owner of Carter Tax Service in Russiaville, Indiana, told WTHR.

‘I have prepared her taxes for several years,’ Fivecoate said in a statement.

‘This year she came in with her wife and I declined to prepare the taxes because of my religious beliefs. I am a Christian and I believe marriage is between one man and one woman,’ she said.

She also added: ‘I was very respectful to them. I told them where I thought she might be able to get her taxes prepared.’

The tax preparer further revealed she has been receiving abusive calls and email ever since the story went public. She then said the couple is ‘trying to destroy’ her business.

The lesbian couple explained they are speaking out to bring the lack of LGBTI protection in Indiana under the spotlight.

‘I don’t need anyone to agree with my lifestyle or things that I do,’ Bailey Brazzel said.

‘But if you’re going to run a business, you should be able to work with all types of people.’

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