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Does a same-sex relationship affect SSI benefits?


Important changes have taken place across the United States for same-sex couples in the last few months. People in Pennsylvania who are in same-sex relationships need to understand how these changes to federal law affect their legal rights.

In June, the United States Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples in the United States have the right to legally marry. Under this ruling, couples in all states gained the constitutional right to marry. Under this change, couples could get married in any of the 50 states and have that marriage recognized by the federal government.

While same-sex couples may recognize that this change affects their right to get married, they may not realize it also affects some of their other federal benefits. This change in relationship status, in particular, can affect a person's Supplemental Security Income benefits. Since these changes are fairly recent, the Social Security Administration and the Department of Justice are working to determine exactly how the change affects federal benefits.

However, at this time, the SSA has made some determinations about how a same-sex marriage affects people's benefits. In particular, same-sex married couples need to understand that a same-sex marriage can affect a person's disability benefit eligibility.

In particular, a person's SSI benefits may be affected by a same-sex marriage. A person who is receiving SSI must report a same-sex marriage, and any income made by that person's spouse, when determining a person's eligibility for SSI.

It is important for Pennsylvania residents to understand when they are eligible for SSI benefits. These benefits help people who are unable to work make ends meet. Whether that person is in a same-sex relationship or not, these benefits can be essential to a person's financial life. By working with an attorney, people can understand whether or not they qualify and how to apply for these much-needed benefits.

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