Same-Sex Couples Sue Social Security Over Benefit Snafu

Civil legal aid attorneys files a complaint to end to collections of overpayments by the Social Security Administration.

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Trudy Ring
March 10, 2015
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Tags: Benefits of Legal Aid: Economic, Civil Rights, LGBTQ, Social Security Benefits

Organizations mentioned/involved: Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), Justice in Aging


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Civil rights groups and private attorneys today filed a class action lawsuit against the SSA on behalf of SSI recipients who married someone of the same sex in or before June 2013, when the Supreme Court struck down section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, which kept the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages.

But the Social Security Administration “has only recently begun to treat married couples of the same sex as married for purposes of calculating their SSI benefits and eligibility,” says the complaint, filed in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.