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Robina Asti

SSA updates policy on survivor benefits for transgender spouses

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

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

Thursday, January 30, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]

Social Security begins processing survivor benefits for same-sex spouses

Monday, December 16, 2013
WASHINGTON — The Social Security Administration (SSA) said Monday it has begun processing, and paying, some survivor’s benefits for married, same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
Kelly Glossip (left) and Dennis Engelhard

Mo. court rules against granting survivor benefits to deceased trooper’s partner

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled against a Highway Patrol trooper's same-sex partner who was seeking survivor benefits after his partner was killed in the line of duty. [ Read more → ]
Kelly Glossip (left) and Dennis Engelhard

Mo. Supreme Court to take another look at gay partner’s survivor benefits case

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The U.S. Supreme Court decision about federal benefits for gay couples has prompted the Missouri Supreme Court to take a second look at a pending case. [ Read more → ]

Mo. Supreme Court hears case in denial of survivors’ benefits for gay partners

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in the case that could allow same-sex partners of state employees to receive death benefits from the state's pension system. [ Read more → ]
Tracey Cooper-Harris (right) with her spouse Maggie.

Judge refuses to dismiss gay California veteran’s lawsuit

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- A lawsuit brought by a lesbian U.S. Army veteran and her wife over the denial of disability benefits can move forward over the objections of the Department of Justice, a federal judge in California ruled Monday. [ Read more → ]

Boeing changes course on survivor benefits for same-sex spouses

Friday, January 18, 2013
CHICAGO -- The aircraft manufacturing giant Boeing said Friday that it has altered its policies on providing survivor pension benefits to same-sex couples during negotiations with union representatives this week. During extensive contract negotiations last November, Boeing executives told the union negotiators that since pensions... [ Read more → ]

GOP attorney strongly defends DOMA in New York widow’s lawsuit

Thursday, September 27, 2012
NEW YORK — The House Republican attorney defending the Defense of Marriage Act in court took particular issue on Thursday with an octogenarian lesbian’s case against by the law by suggesting the timing and location of her marriage makes challenge invalid. [ Read more → ]

The Legacy of 9/11

Sunday, September 11, 2011
“It had such an impact because the loss was about death and relationships,” said Jennifer Pizer, senior counsel for Lambda Legal, in a 2006 interview at the time of the 5th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. “The grief and loss was the same between heterosexual and same-sex couples, and a perception of this seemed to come through to much of the public." [ Read more → ]

Surviving partner of state trooper files suit over denial of survivor benefits

Saturday, December 4, 2010
The surviving domestic partner of a gay Missouri state trooper killed in the line of duty has filed a lawsuit against the agency's pension system, claiming its policy for survivors' benefits discriminates against gay couples. [ Read more → ]
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