The state of Virginia won't recognize the marriages of gay and lesbian couples for tax purposes.

According to The Virginian-Pilot, the state announced its position in a November tax bulletin.

Claire Guthrie Gastanaga, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia, criticized the decision, saying that the Department of Taxation's requirement that gay spouses file as individuals because Virginia does not recognize their marriages “reaffirms the commonwealth's ongoing hostility towards gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Virginians.”

Following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling gutting a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in June, the federal government, including the IRS, announced that it would recognize the legal marriages of gay couples.

Virginia voters in 2006 approved a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual couples. A recently filed federal lawsuit challenges the ban's constitutionality.

Victoria Cobb, president of the Family Foundation of Virginia, applauded the state's decision.

“The Virginia Department of Taxation had no legal choice but to abide by the Constitution of Virginia, which takes precedent over the tradition of conforming the tax code to federal rules,” Cobb said in a statement. “We appreciate the Department and administration putting the rule of law ahead of simplicity.”

Earlier this week, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced that Missouri, a state without marriage equality, will allow married gay couples to file joint state tax returns.