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SSA offices turning away same-sex couples in new marriage equality states

Friday, October 10, 2014
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SALT LAKE CITY -- Married, same-sex couples are being turned away at Social Security offices in Utah, and presumably other states where marriage equality became legal this week, despite a U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday that effectively overturned gay marriage bans in Utah and four other states.

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GLAD sues SSA for denying survivor benefits to disabled R.I. widow

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Patricia Baker, 54, right, a Rhode Island corrections officer, testifies in favor of gay marriage rights before a Senate committee at the Rhode Island Statehouse in Providence, R.I. Thursday, March 10, 2011 as her wife, Deborah Tevyaw, weeps at left.
The legal advocacy group GLAD (Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders) has filed suit against the Social Security Administration (SSA) in U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island, charging SSA with wrongfully denying survivor benefits to 56-year-old Deborah Tevyaw after the death of her wife, Patricia Baker.

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Bill introduced to ensure Social Security equality for same-sex spouses

Thursday, May 8, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.) on Thursday introduced a bill to provide married, same-sex couples with equal treatment under the Social Security Act when applying for Social Security benefits, regardless of where they reside.

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Same-sex spouses to be recognized for Medicare eligibility, enrollment

Thursday, April 3, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The Obama Administration announced Thursday that same-sex spouses will be recognized in administering several aspects of the Medicare program, regardless of where the couple resides.

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SSA updates policy on survivor benefits for transgender spouses

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The Social Security Administration (SSA) on Tuesday updated its policies regarding the ability of transgender individuals to receive benefits through their spouses.

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Flying solo: 92-year-old transgender widow fights for survivor benefits

Thursday, January 30, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Robina Asti, a 92-year-old transgender woman denied survivor benefits by the Social Security Administration after her husband’s death is asking the agency to reverse the decision.

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Social Security begins processing survivor benefits for same-sex spouses

Monday, December 16, 2013
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WASHINGTON — The Social Security Administration (SSA) said Monday it has begun processing, and paying, some survivor’s benefits for married, same-sex couples.

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Social Security begins processing retirement claims for same-sex spouses

Saturday, August 10, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- The Social Security Administration (SSA) said Friday it has begun processing, and paying, some retirement spouse claims for married, same-sex couples.

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Social Security Administration updates policy on changing gender marker

Friday, June 14, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- The Social Security Administration on Friday announced a new policy for changing the gender designation in Social Security records to provide transgender people improved privacy and prevent unnecessary outing to Social Security staff and healthcare providers.

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