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DOMA News

August 7, 2015

GLAD Deplores Judge’s Dismissal of Class Action Suit Against Social Security Administration

U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson has dismissed a class action lawsuit in which the Social Security Administration (SSA) was charged with discriminating against SSI recipients who are married to a person of the same sex.  Social Security did not recognize the recipients’ marriages until more than …

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July 30, 2015

Who Should Pay for SSA’s Discrimination Against Same-Sex Couples?

In class action lawsuit, GLAD and Justice in Aging say it should be SSA 

Anti-LGBT discrimination hurts everyone in our community. But the impact on those who are economically vulnerable can be devastating.

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program exists to assist those with extremely …

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March 10, 2015

Social Security Sued for Discriminating Against SSI Recipients Married to a Same Sex Spouse

SSA is Demanding Refunds of Benefits Paid as Result of Agency's Discrimination

GLAD, Justice in Aging, and Foley Hoag LLP today filed a class action lawsuit, Held v. Colvin, against the Social Security Administration (SSA) on behalf of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients married to …

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September 29, 2014

GLAD Sues Social Security Administration for Denying Survivor Benefits to Disabled RI Widow

GLAD filed suit today against the Social Security Administration (SSA) in U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island, charging SSA with wrongfully denying survivor benefits to 56-year-old Deborah Tevyaw after the death of her wife, Patricia Baker. The complaint can be read here.

Deb was …

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September 17, 2014

GLAD’s Mary Bonauto Receives MacArthur Foundation Fellowship

The MacArthur Foundation announced today that Mary L. Bonauto, Civil Rights Project Director for Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), has been awarded a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship, sometimes referred to as a “genius grant.” The Fellowships are awarded annually to “talented individuals who …

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June 26, 2014

Social Security Issues Additional Policies for Same-Sex Couples

On June 20, 2014, the Social Security Administration (SSA) issued extensive guidance on eligibility for spouse-based retirement and survivor benefits, Medicare and SSI benefits, which greatly expands the number of same-sex couples who are eligible for those benefits.  GLAD, together with other LGBT …

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June 25, 2014

Attorney General Reports to President on Windsor Implementation

On June 20, 2014, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a memorandum to President Obama detailing the progress that has been made in implementing the U.S. Supreme Court’s Windsor decision of June 26, 2013.  That decision struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which prevented …

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June 2, 2014

Despite Fall of DOMA, Bayer Corporation Continues to Deny Pension Benefits to CT Gay Widower

GLAD has filed a lawsuit against Pittsburgh-based Bayer Corporation on behalf of Gerald Passaro of Milford, Connecticut, whose late husband, Thomas Buckholz, was a chemist with the company for more than 20 years. Bayer has denied Passaro spousal survivor benefits to which he is entitled, based upon …

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December 31, 2013

Social Security Now Processing Some Survivors Benefits and Lump Sum Death Benefits Claims

Social Security announced earlier this month that it is now processing some widow and widower claims, including Medicare claims, for those married to a spouse of the same sex.  The new guidance applies to surviving spouses if the worker was domiciled in a state that recognizes marriage equality …

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December 23, 2013

GLAD Publishes Updates to DOMA Implementation

GLAD has published recent announcements and updates from various federal programs on how the marriages of same-sex couples will be treated following the Supreme Court ruling overturning Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).


Fact sheets with details on each program can be found at …

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