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In an August 9, 2013 press release, the Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA), Carolyn W. Colvin reported that the SSA is now processing certain “retirement spouse claims for same-sex couples and paying benefits where they are due.”

This change from previous practices is a result of a recent Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which, in part, prevented same-sex couples from applying for and receiving certain benefits under federal law. The Commissioner goes on to urge potential claimants who believe they may be eligible to receive Social Security payments to apply now to avoid potentially losing any benefits. More information regarding Social Security benefits for same-sex couples will be released as SSA continues to review its policies.

To read the Commissioner’s complete statement on Social Security payments to same-sex couples, please review http://www.ssa.gov/pressoffice/pr/doma-statement-pr.html

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