The spousal disability benefit
When the primary wage-earner in a family becomes disabled, Social Security provides relief for his or her spouse through the spousal disability benefit. Even a divorced spouse of a different sex may be eligible for this benefit.
"This is a huge safety net," says Vickie Henry, director of the Youth Initiative at GLAD. "Disability is a problem that tends to affect workers in their prime, and most people don't carry enough disability insurance to provide for that."
Now same-sex married couples have access to this basic protection.