Alliance for Retired Americans Applauds Equal Social Security Benefits for Same-Sex Couples

June 25, 2014

For Immediate Release


Bipartisan SAME Act “Clearly Corrects a Current Injustice”


Washington, DC – The Alliance for Retired Americans applauds Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI), who have introduced needed legislation to ensure that same-sex spouses receive equal treatment under the Social Security Act.
 
The bipartisan Social Security and Marriage Equality (SAME) Act, introduced as S. 2305 by Sen. Murray and as H.R. 4664 by Rep. Kind, closes the current gap in Social Security benefits that same-sex couples face by extending full Social Security benefits to legally married same-sex couples, regardless of where they live.
 
Until now, Social Security benefit applications have been placed on hold for legally married same-sex spouses living in states that do not recognize same-sex marriage. Last week, the Obama administration announced that it is not legally able to extend these benefits to all couples without congressional action to change current law.

“After the death of a loved one, some families are currently going without survivor benefits they have earned,” said Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance. “We are saying that discrimination is never right, and we want to be on the right side of history. Same-sex older couples deserve the same rights as other older couples.”

“This legislation has bi-partisan support because it clearly corrects a current injustice,” Fiesta added. “When dealing with the death of a spouse, no one should also face financial discrimination.”

The SAME Act is co-sponsored by several Senators and Representatives, including Reps. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA), and Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), who are joining Sen. Murray and Rep. Kind at an event drawing attention to the legislation today; Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO); Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH); and Rep. Illeana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL).

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Contact: David Blank – 202/637-5275 or dblank@retiredamericans.org

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