Statement of Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, on Payments to Same-Sex Couples

Today August 9th 2013 Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, issued the following statement on Payments to Same-Sex Couples:

“I am pleased to  announce that Social Security is now processing some retirement spouse claims  for same-sex couples and paying benefits where they are due.  The recent Supreme Court decision on Section  3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, made just over a month ago, helps to ensure  that all Americans are treated fairly and equally, with the dignity and  respect they deserve.

We continue to  work closely with the Department of Justice.  In the coming weeks and  months, we will develop and implement additional policy and processing instructions.   We appreciate the public’s patience as we work through the legal issues to  ensure that our policy is legally sound and clear.

I encourage individuals who believe they may be  eligible for Social Security benefits to apply now, to protect against the loss  of any potential benefits. We will process claims as soon as additional  instructions become finalized.”

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