LGBT Communities Can Count on SSA

March 8, 2017

In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, holding that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry in all states and have their marriage recognized by other states. This decision made it possible for more same-sex couples and their families to benefit from our programs.

SSA now recognizes same-sex couples’ marriages in all states, and some non-marital legal relationships (such as some civil unions and domestic partnerships), for purposes of determining entitlement to Social Security benefits and Medicare, and eligibility and payment amount for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  SSA also recognizes same-sex marriages and some non-marital legal relationships established in foreign jurisdictions for purposes of determining entitlement to Social Security benefits and Medicare, and SSI.

Social Security does not discriminate against age, background, or sexual preference — securing today and tomorrow, equally and fairly, is our legacy. We encourage anyone who believes they may be eligible for benefits to apply now. Learn more at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/same-sexcouples.

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