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Senate OKs budget amendment granting VA, Social Security benefits to married same-sex couples

Friday, March 27, 2015
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Eleven GOP senators, many of whom face competitive re-election fights in 2016, supported the amendment offered by Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii). ...

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Obama’s budget proposal grants spousal benefits to married, same-sex couples

Monday, February 2, 2015
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President Barack Obama’s $4 trillion budget proposal released Monday includes a major change to the Social Security Act that would allow same-sex couples to receive spousal benefits regardless of where they live. ...

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Widow of R.I. gay marriage advocate wins previously denied survivor benefits

Thursday, December 4, 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.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The widow of a woman who pushed to legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island before she died of cancer will be entitled to her Social Security benefits after a yearslong fight to get them, an advocacy group ...

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Lambda Legal files suit against SSA over denial of same-sex survivor benefits

Saturday, October 25, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- Lambda Legal has filed suit against the Social Security Administration (SSA) on behalf of a Texas widow denied spousal benefits after the death of her wife, arguing that denying Social Security benefits to same-sex spouses because they live ...

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Takano introduces bill to close Social Security, Medicare LGBT loopholes

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
U.S. Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) on Tuesday introduced the Social Security and Medicare Parity Act in the U.S. House, a bill to close loopholes in the Social Security Act and guarantee that all married couples, including same-sex couples, ...

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Obama Administration expands federal benefits for married same-sex couples

Friday, June 20, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- A year after the Supreme Court struck down a law barring federal recognition of gay marriages, the Obama administration granted an array of new benefits Friday to same-sex couples, including those who live in states where same-sex marriage ...

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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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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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