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LGBT Families and the Recognition of Same Same Sex Marriage: Who Benefits?

There are a broad array of Social Security benefits that have always been available to married individuals and their children that are only now being made available to LGBT families and their children, regardless of where the live in the United States.

But what types of benefits are involved? Who wins? Can anyone get more than they get now? The purpose of the following illustrative examples should help LGBT family members better understand the types of benefits they might receive. There are benefits that couldn’t be paid while the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was the law of the land, but can be paid now in every state.

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