A crash course on Social Security benefits for gay couples

November 18, 2014

By Mary Beth Franklin

Talk about a moving target! Since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in its Windsor v. United States decision on June 2013, there have been more than 50 judicial rulings at the federal, state and appellate court levels in favor of same-sex marriage.

That has opened the door for legally married gay couples to apply for Social Security spousal and survivor benefits in 33 states and the District of Columbia — up from 19 states at the time the Supreme Court handed down its decision last year.

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