April 2010

New Legislation Proposed to Equalize Same-Sex Social Security Benefits

At a rally last Sunday at the Los Angeles GLBT center, Rep. Linda T. Sanchez (D-Lakewood) announced that she was sponsoring legislation to provide equal Social Security benefits for same-sex couples. Sanchez is a member of the House Subcommittee on Social Security. Currently, same-sex couples who pay into social security are denied Social Security survivor benefits when partners who paid into social security die, because the federal government does not recognize same-sex marriages or domestic partnerships as valid relationships. The bill proposes that same-sex registered domestic partners, or those with civil unions or marriages receive the same coverage as heterosexual couples receive.