The Social Security Administration has announced that the only same-sex married couples entitled to their spouses’ social security benefits are those living in marriage equality states. All claims from couples who are legally married in marriage equality states or countries, but live in states that prohibit same-sex marriage, will be put on hold.
“I am pleased to announce that Social Security is now processing some retirement spouse claims for same-sex couples and paying benefits where they are due,” said acting Social Security commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin.
The agency’s website has been updated to reflect eligibility by same-sex couples as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June decision striking down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act.
“Because of the decision, we are no longer prohibited from recognizing same-sex marriages for purposes of determining benefits,” the new rules read.