Social Security Q&A: Will Same-Sex Couple Qualify for Benefits?

Social Security Q&A: Will Same-Sex Couple Qualify for Benefits?

Question: My same-sex partner and I recently married.

Will we qualify for Social Security benefits?

Answer: You may be eligible to apply for Social Security benefits. Many factors affect your eligibility for benefits, including how long you worked and your age.

Social Security encourages you to apply for benefits right away, even if you aren’t sure you’re eligible. Applying now will protect you against the loss of any potential benefits.

You can apply safely and securely at

The Social Security Administration is working with the Department of Justice to analyze the recent Supreme Court decision and provide instructions specific to the decision for those individuals who rely on Social Security programs and services.

Learn more about Social Security for same-sex couples by visiting

The Social Security Administration will update this website as new information becomes available.

This column was prepared by the Social Security Administration. For fast answers to specific Social Security questions, contact Social Security toll-free at 800-772-1213 or visit

Author: Tribune News Service

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