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April 5, 2014

Social Security Administration will no longer require additional legal scrutiny for claims made by transgender spouses

A case involving a 92-year-old transgender widow has resulted in the US Social Security Administration making a change in policy regarding survivor benefits.

Robina Asti is a WWII veteran and pilot who has been a transgender woman since 1976. She had been denied benefits after the death of her husband for two years because she had been born a male.

She finally got her benefits on 14 February after a legal appeal.

December 17, 2013

Gutting of DOMA allows widows and widowers of same-sex marriages to claim benefits

The Social Security Administration announced Monday (16 December) that claims filed by surviving spouses of same-sex partners are now being processes by the US government.

This is a step made possible by the US Supreme Court's striking down of a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act which had prohibited the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage.

'Our goal is to treat all Americans with dignity and respect,' Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, says in a statement.

December 17, 2013

Gutting of DOMA allows widows and widowers of same-sex marriages to claim benefits

The Social Security Administration announced Monday (16 December) that claims filed by surviving spouses of same-sex partners are now being processes by the US government.

This is a step made possible by the US Supreme Court's striking down of a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act which had prohibited the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage.

'Our goal is to treat all Americans with dignity and respect,' Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, says in a statement.

July 12, 2013

US Justice Department trying to decide new rules for a post-Defense of Marriage Act world

US President Barack Obama's White House released a statement today (12 July) announcing it instructed the Justice Department to review the recent Defense of Marriage Act decision and its impact on federal policies.

July 6, 2013

Amelia Bradley complained there was not a ‘more nuanced’ description of relationship

A woman who has been in a three-year sexual relationship with a female teacher has convinced a tribunal their 'convenient' relationship does not make them a couple.

University student Amelia Bradley was last year refused Youth Allowance, a support payment to young students, apprentices, and job-seekers, when she told the authorities she lived with a Queensland State teacher, according to The Courier-Mail.

When told the teacher's income would make her ineligible, Bradley appealed the decision.

March 27, 2013

Ruth Bader Ginsburg says law is like telling states there is 'full marriage and skim milk marriage'

The justices of the US Supreme Court raised major doubts today about the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act during its second hearing in two days on gay marriage.

Journalists who watched the proceedings immediately began tweeting that it appears that DOMA, signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996, has the five votes needed to be struck down.

May 11, 2012

Amendments to social security law now include medical and social benefits to gay spouses

Mexico now includes gay couples as beneficiaries to social security benefits.

Winning 252 votes for, 80 against and 15 abstentions, in the country's House of Representatives these amendments improve the constitutional rights of gay, lesbian and bisexual Mexicans.

April 26, 2012

Linda Sanchez says 'No American should ever be treated differently by the country they love because of who they love'

A California congresswoman on Thursday (26 April) introduced a bill aimed at ending a Social Security Administration policy that denies benefits to same-sex couples.

Rep. Linda Sanchez, who represents her state's 39th congressional district, was flanked at a Capitol Hill press conference by LGBT advocates from across the country including actor George Takei.