February 22, 2013

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
9:30a – 10:30a
2456 Rayburn House Office Building


“Living Outside the Safety Net”

Briefing on LGBT Families and Social Security


Social Security is the keystone of most Americans’ retirement planning and provides valuable income protection to families in case of a worker’s disability or death. Yet, same-sex couples and many of their children are denied access to Social Security benefits, even though they have contributed to the program throughout their working lives. The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Foundation and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation have joined together to issue a new report “Living Outside the Safety Net.” This report examines the impact this inequality has on millions of lesbian and gay families and offers legislative solutions.

Participants in Tuesday’s Congressional staff and media briefing include: Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) author of legislation to expand Social Security spousal benefits to same-sex couples, report co-authors Dr. Carroll Estes, NCPSSM Foundation Chair, and Robin Maril, HRC Legislative Counsel, and other participants to be announced.


The National Committee, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization acts in the interests of its membership through advocacy, education, services, grassroots efforts and the leadership of the Board of Directors and professional staff. The work of the National Committee is directed toward developing better-informed citizens and voters.

Media Inquiries to:
Pamela Causey 202-216-8378/202-236-2123
Kim Wright 202-216-8414