Survivor Benefits

Survivor Benefits

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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Murray, Cantwell, DelBene Commend SSA for Ensuring Same-Sex Beneficiaries Not Penalized

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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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Same-Sex Widow Sues FedEx for Survivor Benefits, Federal Court Will Hear Case

National
FedEx refuses to provide the benefits because its pension plan incorporates DOMA, even though that law was struck down as unconstitutional in United States v. Windsor. ...
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Widow Sues FedEx for Refusing Survivor Benefits

The widow of a longtime FedEx employee sued FedEx for refusing to provide her with federally required spousal pension benefits solely because both spouses were women.
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The widow of a longtime FedEx employee sued for refusing to provide federally required spousal pension benefits solely because both spouses were women. ...
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Federal Government to Recognize Same-Sex Marriage in Six Additional States

Supreme Court of the United States
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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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Ohio Woman Denied Spouse’s Medical Records, Legally Wed in Canada

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Gallas, who still wears her wedding bands, said the two fell in love 30 years ago. Graham lost her battle with cancer on Easter. ...
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Alaska Supreme Court Urged to Grant Same-Sex Partner Access to Survivor Benefits

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Under Alaska's workers' compensation law, the spouse of a person who dies from a work-related injury is eligible for survivor benefits - same-sex couples excluded. ...
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Social Security Pays Transgender Woman Survivor Benefits

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The Social Security Administration paid Robina Asti, a 92-year-old transgender woman, the survivor benefits she was denied after her husband's death. ...
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New Brief Filed for Survivor Benefits in AK

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Under Alaska's workers' compensation law, the spouse of a person who dies from a work-related injury is eligible to receive survivor benefits, but same-sex couples are excluded from that legal protection. ...
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Boeing Extends Pension Plan to Same-Sex Couples

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Boeing will be extending their Pension Value Plan and BSS Retirement Plan to same-sex spouses and domestic partners as beneficiaries. ...
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