Social Security benefits and same-sex marriage

Children of same-sex partners
Children of same-sex partners © Dubova/

Children of same-sex partners

The children of same-sex marriages have been profoundly affected since the Supreme Court's 2013 same-sex marriage ruling, which overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA.

Burns says the children now have access to programs designed to keep them out of poverty.

"This includes Social Security benefits, which offer thousands of children the economic support they need when their parents are no longer able to financially provide for them due to old age, disability or death," says Burns.


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