Target: Social Security Administration
Goal: Provide social security benefits to all same-sex married couples
With the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, the Social Security Administration is preparing to start providing social security benefits to same-sex married couples in the United States. However, the benefits are being offered with limitations that will not allow for equal access for all couples.
The Social Security Administration has stated that it has some policies to navigate throughout the next couple of months in terms of providing federal social security benefits to members of same-sex marriages. While most federal benefits that have been given to same-sex couples after the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act have been given to all couples equally, it seems that social security benefits will not be provided in the same manner.
Until the Social Security Administration has totally prepared to provide for all same-sex couples, only same-sex marriages that are recognized by their state will be able to receive the benefits. Other federal benefits have been provided to same-sex couples regardless of the state in which they live and whether or not that state recognizes same-sex marriage, showing an inconsistency in the way that federal benefits are being provided to these couples.
This type of inconsistency in terms of the policies is problematic as it fails to fully provide federal benefits to members of same-sex couples, although it has been named unconstitutional to keep these benefits from same-sex marriages. However, it is possible that states that recognize civil unions and not marriages will be pushed into legalizing and recognizing same-sex marriages because without doing so constituents of those states cannot collect the same benefits.
Some states, such as New Jersey, have indicated that the separation of marriage and civil union is only in place so as to protect the title of ‘marriage’ for heterosexual couples, but if the same federal benefits are not given to both heterosexual and homosexual couples, New Jersey might be pressured into recognizing same-sex marriage. Whether or not this happens, it is imperative that all members of same-sex relationships are given the opportunity to have access to federal benefits such as those given by social security, regardless of the state in which they live.
By signing the petition below you will be supporting social security benefits for all same-sex couples and calling for the Social Security Administration to ensure that all members of same-sex marriages receive the benefits they deserve.
Dear Social Security Administration,
With the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, it is imperative that all members of same-sex marriages receive the federal benefits that they deserve. This means that all same-sex couples should be receiving spousal benefits from social security, regardless of the state in which they reside. Not providing this is unconstitutional.
I am writing you to ask you to provide these social security benefits to same-sex couples in a timely fashion. While there seem to be some policies that must be overridden in order for this to be possible, it is the job of the Social Security Administration to do so quickly, as it is a very high priority that all members of same-sex marriages receive the benefits that they have been denied for so many years. I hope that you will commit to ensuring that all married homosexual couples will have access to the proper benefits very soon.
[Your Name Here]
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