Sunday, Dec 15, 2019
 
search SGN
SERVING SEATTLE AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR 37 YEARS!

click to visit advertiser's website


Javascript DHTML Drop Down Menu Powered by dhtml-menu-builder.com

Last Weeks Edition
   
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website




 
 

 

 

[Valid RSS]

click to go to advertisers website
to Section One | to Arts & Entertainment
posted Friday, August,16 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 33
Social Security announces new rules, Same-sex marrieds can now get spousal benefits - but there's a catch
Section One
ALL STORIES
  next story
Social Security announces new rules, Same-sex marrieds can now get spousal benefits - but there's a catch

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced new rules that will entitle some - but not all - same-sex spouses to the same benefits available to opposite-sex spouses.

An August 9 statement from acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin said the new guidelines came as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in USA v. Windsor, striking down Section 3 of DOMA.

'I am pleased to announce that Social Security is now processing some retirement spouse claims for same-sex couples and paying benefits where they are due,' Colvin's statement said.

'The recent Supreme Court decision on Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, made just over a month ago, helps to ensure that all Americans are treated fairly and equally, with the dignity and respect they deserve. We continue to work closely with the Department of Justice.'

FURTHER CHANGES COMING
'In the coming weeks and months, we will develop and implement additional policy and processing instructions,' Colvin continued. 'We appreciate the public's patience as we work through the legal issues to ensure that our policy is legally sound and clear. I encourage individuals who believe they may be eligible for Social Security benefits to apply now, to protect against the loss of any potential benefits. We will process claims as soon as additional instructions become finalized.'

As of August 9, a new section for 'Windsor Same-Sex Marriage Claims' was added to the SSA's Program Operations Manual System (POMS), which the agency says is the guidebook used by Social Security employees to process claims for benefits.

On retirement, married spouses are allowed to claim Social Security benefits based on either their own income or 50% of their spouse's benefit, whichever is more.

After reaching full retirement age, a spouse may choose to receive only their spouse's benefit, and delay receiving their own retirement benefits until a later date, allowing them to receive a higher benefit later based on the effect of delayed retirement credits.

A spouse may also collect survivor benefits from their deceased partner beginning at age 60, and may collect either their own Social Security benefit or their spouse's, whichever is larger.

HERE'S THE RUB
However - and this is a big 'however' - the SSA will limit payment of claims for same-sex married couples only to those couples who were legally married in a state that allows same-sex marriage and are 'domiciled,' or live, in a state that recognizes same-sex marriages.

For example, a couple married in New York and domiciled in Washington gets benefits, because both states allow same-sex marriages. A couple married in New York but domiciled in Florida, which does not recognize same-sex marriage, does not get spousal benefits. Claims from legally married same-sex couples currently living in a state that does not recognize their marriages will be put on hold for the time being, the SSA said.

Steve Kofahl, president of AFGE 3937, the union that represents Social Security workers in the Pacific Northwest region, told SGN that 'everyone who thinks they may have a claim should file for benefits as soon as possible, even if their claim is put on hold.

'If SSA finds that benefits are, in fact, payable, they will pay benefits retroactively from the date the claim is filed,' Kofahl explained, 'so it's an advantage to have as early a date as possible on the application.'

Applicants can apply online at https://secure.ssa.gov/iCLM/rib, or in person at the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building in downtown Seattle (915 2nd Ave.).

Tell a friend:

Share on Facebook  Share on Facebook

Post to MySpace!Share on MySpace!

    Share on Delicious

Share on StumbleUpon!

It's official: Prop 8 is dead - California Supreme Court drives stake through amendment's heart
------------------------------
The trouble with Q - Violence outside Capitol Hill nightclub has LGBT community concerned
------------------------------
Social Security announces new rules, Same-sex marrieds can now get spousal benefits - but there's a catch
------------------------------
Tour de Life: Fashionistain't
------------------------------
To honor those who served - A call for a national LGBT veterans' memorial
------------------------------
Landmark California law protects Trans students
------------------------------
It's Gay vs. Gay in Ferndale, MI - Race for mayor features two Gay men and a straight woman
------------------------------
A question of privilege - Could a Lesbian's murder trial lead to marriage equality in Kentucky?
------------------------------
Limit 'Gay panic' defense, ABA urges
------------------------------
Ed and Michael's big day - Mayoral candidate Murray ties the knot with his longtime companion
------------------------------
Gay Russian teen dies after torture
------------------------------

------------------------------
A world of hurt - Russia isn't the only country ?Gays should think twice about visiting
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------
BREAKING NEWS
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

click to visit advertiser's website

click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
Seattle Gay Blog post your own information on
the Seattle Gay Blog
 

gay news feeds gay news readers gay rss gay
http://sgn.org/rss.xml | what is RSS? | Add to Google use Google to set up your RSS feed
SGN Calendar For Mobile Phones http://sgn.org/rssCalendarMobile.xml
SGN Calendar http://sgn.org/rssCalendar.xml

Seattle Gay News - SGN
1605 12 Ave., Ste. 31
Seattle, WA 98122

Phone 206-324-4297
Fax 206-322-7188

email: sgn2@sgn.org
website suggestions: web@sgn.org

copyright Seattle Gay News - DigitalTeamWorks 2012

USA Gay News American News American Gay News USA American Gay News United States American Lesbian News USA American Lesbian News United States USA News
Pacific Northwest News in Seattle News in Washington State News