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Pride for LGBTQI+ at Social Security

by | Jun 12, 2024 | SSD - Uncategorized |

SSA recognizes same-sex marriages in all states, as well as some nonmarital legal relationships (such as some civil unions and domestic partnerships). The recognition of relationship status is important to determine benefit eligibility.

Here are a few things you should know about benefit eligibility for same-sex couples:

  • Marital status is important — A member of a legally-married same-sex couple may be entitled to benefits when a spouse receives retirement or disability, or dies. We also consider marital status when we determine eligibility and payment amounts for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
  • The types of benefits you can receive — Social Security taxes pay for three kinds of benefits: retirement, disability, and survivors. If you are entitled to benefits, your spouse and eligible family members may receive benefits, too.
  • When you apply for benefits is important — If you are married or have entered a nonmarital legal relationship, apply right away, even if you’re not sure you’re eligible. Applying now may protect you against the loss of any potential benefits.
  • Report life changes right away — If you receives benefits, you should contact SSA if you move, marry, separate, divorce, enter into (or leave) a nonmarital legal relationship, or become a parent. You should also let SSA know if your name has changed. Report all changes as soon as possible so your benefits are paid correctly.

Happy June Pride!


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