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Same-Sex Partners Will Be Able to Access Social Security Benefits of Deceased Loved Ones

HeadlineNov 03, 2021

In a long-fought victory for LGBTQ rights, same-sex partners will have access to survivors’ benefits if their partners died before they were able to legally marry or they did not meet a threshold of being married at least nine months. On Monday, the Justice Department and the Social Security Administration dropped two Trump administration challenges to lawsuits that granted same-sex couples in both those categories the right to Social Security survivors benefits. A counsel at Lambda Legal, which brought the lawsuits, celebrated the news, saying, “No one should continue to pay the price for past discrimination”

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