Following the recent U.S. Supreme Court Decision in United States v. Windsor, the Social Security Administration has announced that it will begin processing Social Security claims for same sex couples.
the coming weeks and months, the Social Security Administration will be working
with the Department of Justice to develop and implement additional policy and
processing instructions. If you believe you may be
eligible for Social Security benefits, we encourage you to apply now to protect you against the loss
of any potential benefits. Applying as
soon as possible will establish a “protective filing date”; while waiting to
file might end up costing benefits to claimants.
However, it appears that it will take a long
time before the SSA establishes a new policy for processing these claims. Anything that the SSA does must first be
approved by the Department of Justice.
SSA’s website has a link to information for
same-sex couples: www.ssa.gov/doma/.