Supreme Court Ruling Creates Confusion Over Social Security Benefits for Same-Sex Couples

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Laurence Kotlikoff, College of Arts & Sciences

Extending Social Security benefits to same-sex couples is one of the biggest financial consequences of last week’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the federal Defense of Marriage Act…

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“You only have to be married one year to get spousal benefits and nine months to get survivor benefits. Moreover, if your partner has a child below age 16, you can collect spousal benefits regardless of your age.”

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