Social Security

Social Security

Social Security Administration Sued for Third Same-Sex Widower Denied Survivor’s Benefits

Michael Ely and James “Spider” Taylor in their final photo together before Taylor's death.
National
This is the third lawsuit Lambda Legal has filed in the past year challenging Social Security’s requirement that couples be married for at least nine months to qualify for survivor’s benefits. ...
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LGBTQ Couples Face Financial Uncertainty – Even One Year Post Obergefell

Ann Dyste Photo
Editorial
For those planning to wed in the near future, LGBTQ couples should begin to understand how marriage affects their pocket books. ...
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Murray, Cantwell, DelBene Commend SSA for Ensuring Same-Sex Beneficiaries Not Penalized

Politics
The Social Security Administration has adopted a streamlined waiver process to address errors in SSA’s treatment of SSI beneficiaries in same-sex marriages. ...
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Murray, 118 Colleagues Urge SSA to Stop Penalizing LGBT Couples 

Politics
U.S. Senator Patty Murray and 118 congressional colleagues sent a letter to make sure the Social Security Administration is treating all marriages equally. ...
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Social Secuity Administration to Retroactively Grant Spousal Benefits

Politics
The Social Security Administration will retroactively process spousal benefits claims for same-sex couples who lived in states that did not previously recognize their marriages. ...
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Murray, Baldwin, Kind Introduce Social Security and Marriage Equality Act of 2015

Top News Politics
The Social Security and Marriage Equality Act ensures same-sex spouses receive equal treatment under the Social Security Act, regardless of where they live. ...
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Lambda Legal Sues Social Security Administration on Behalf of Gay Chicago Widower

Lambda Legal Marriage Equality Case
Top News Politics
Following Carl’s death, Dave applied to the Social Security Administration for back disability benefits and a lump-sum death benefit, but was turned down. ...
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Federal Government to Recognize Same-Sex Marriage in Six Additional States

Supreme Court of the United States
Top News Politics
The federal government will now recognize same-sex married couples in six new states: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Wyoming. ...
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Texas Widow Sues Social Security Administration for Spousal Benefits

Texas Widow Sues Social Security Administration for Survivor Benefits
Top News Politics
The couple lived in Texas, which refuses to recognize their marriage. Social Security is denying Kathy survivor’s benefits earned by Sara. ...
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Report Finds Significantly Higher Rates of Poverty Among LGBT Americans

Top News National
A new report paints a stark picture of added financial burdens faced by LGBT Americans because of anti-LGBT laws at the national, state and local levels. ...
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