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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, receive the Social Security and Medicare spouse and survivor benefits that they have earned.

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Conn. Supreme Court affirms pre-gay marriage rights in landmark ruling

| Wednesday, July 16, 2014
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Connecticut's highest court ruled Wednesday that some legal rights of same-sex couples predate the state's approvals of civil unions in 2005 and same-sex marriage in 2008, a decision that gay rights supporters call the first of its kind in the country. The state Supreme Court issued a 6-0 decision overturning two lower court rulings and allowing ...

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Alaska Supreme Court considers case of same-sex survivor benefits

| Wednesday, May 14, 2014
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The Alaska Supreme Court is considering whether the partner of a woman killed in 2011 is entitled to survivor benefits from the woman's employer, given the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

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SSA updates policy on survivor benefits for transgender spouses

| Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Robina Asti
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
Robina Asti
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
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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Mo. court rules against granting survivor benefits to deceased trooper’s partner

| Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Kelly Glossip (left) and Dennis Engelhard
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.

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

| Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Kelly Glossip (left) and Dennis Engelhard
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.

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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.

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Judge refuses to dismiss gay California veteran’s lawsuit

| Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Tracey Cooper-Harris (right) with her spouse Maggie.
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.

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