Important Information for Same-Sex Couples
On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. Therefore, Social Security no longer is prevented from recognizing same-sex marriages for purposes of determining entitlement to or eligibility for benefits. Social Security is now processing some retirement, surviving spouse and lump-sum death payment claims for same-sex couples and paying benefits where they are due. If you are in, or are a surviving spouse of a same-sex marriage or other legal same-sex relationship, we encourage you to apply right away for benefits.
We also are considering same-sex marriages when processing some claims for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Marriage may affect your SSI eligibility or payment amount. Please call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) or contact your local Social Security office to tell us if you are married, separated, or divorced.
We continue to work closely with the Department of Justice. In the coming weeks and months, we will develop and implement additional policy and processing instructions.
As we have additional information, we will update our website. If you have questions, please refer to our frequently asked questions.
If you have questions about how a same-sex marriage may affect your claim, please call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) or contact your local Social Security office. Advocates, members of the media, and others with general questions about same-sex marriage and Social Security Administration programs, may contact their local Regional Communications Director.