Equal Rights - Equal Benefits

Authored By: Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc. LSC Funded


According to the Census, there are currently at least 650,000 families headed by a same-sex couple. Nearly half of them are either at or near retirement age or have children who should be protected by Social Security in the event of either parent’s death or disability.

With DOMA gone, same sex spouses and their children will be eligible for important spousal and survivor benefits based on their marriage or legal relationship. The benefits are based on date of application, so every day LGBT families wait to apply, they could be losing benefits they earned.

Go here to find out more about Social Security's benefits:
Retirement -- http://ssa.gov/pgm/retirement.htm
Disability -- http://ssa.gov/pgm/disability.htm
Survivor benefits -- http://ssa.gov/pgm/survivors.htm


Last Review and Update: Jul 19, 2013

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