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More couples can now receive social assistance benefits, are you one of them?

More couples can now receive social assistance benefits, are you one of them?

Typically in a marriage, the spouse has always been able to collect Social Security if they have been married for nine or more months.

Now same-sex couples have the same advantage.

The early ban on same-sex marriage made meeting that nine-month deadline more difficult.

Two couples had filed class action lawsuits in 2018 seeking to overturn that requirement.

Originally, lower courts ruled in favor of the couples until the Trump administration overturned it. The Biden administration did nothing about these cases.

Lamda Legal, the LGBTQ legal rights group representing the couples, said the Justice Department and the Social Security Administration withdrew their appeals on Monday, Nov. 1.

Members of same-sex couples paid for Social Security, just like opposite-sex couples, but couldn’t get the same benefits.

Now same-sex partners can access the benefits they were previously denied as survivors.

Survivors were not allowed to receive benefits because they were not legally married.

Surviving couples who had been married for nine months did have access.

Now couples who couldn’t get married or couldn’t meet the requirements can access those benefits they missed out on.

Related: Does Marriage Change the Eligibility or Amount of Social Security Income?


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