SSA Publishes SSI Rules for Involving Same-Sex Married Couples

March 12, 2014

Social Security has published new instructions that allow the agency to process some Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims by individuals who are in a same-sex marriage. These instructions come in response to last year’s Supreme Court decision in U.S. v. Windsor which found Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.

SSI is a welfare-based program; the agency will now look at total household income and treat married same-sex couples the same as a married man and a woman.

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