Two straight men marry in Dublin to avoid inheritance tax

ANI | Updated: Dec 24, 2017 17:20 IST

Dublin [Ireland], Dec 24 (ANI): Two Irish male friends have got married reportedly to avoid paying inheritance tax.

Michael O'Sullivan (58) tied the knot with his 85-year-old best friend Matt Murphy after having finalized that O'Sullivan should get Murphy's house in Dublin when he passes away.

The duo, who has been friends for last 30 years and decided to marry recently, claimed that the plan came all of a sudden but they went ahead seeking financial benefits.

O'Sullivan, who had no house, recently moved into Murphy's house to become his full-time care-taker as he needed someone to take care of him at this old age.

"I was homeless, sleeping in my car and Matt needed someone to move into his home and take care of him. He was losing his sight and needed a full-time carer," O'Sullivan told The Independent, a British news website.

"He told me that he couldn't afford to pay me but said that I could live with him and he would give me his house when he passed away as payment," added O'Sullivan, who is a father of three.

The pair also credited the LGBTQ community for their fight for equality that made the same-sex marriage possible.

"You know what? The LGBTQ community fought really hard for equality, fought against discrimination and in 2015 same-sex marriage was legalised and it was a wonderful moment, a great victory," said O'Sullivan.

"But they didn't just win the right to marriage for same-sex marriages. They opened the door for everyone. It's equality for all", he added. (ANI)