The law states that if someone is married to someone who has Social Security, he is entitled to benefits if he dies after being married for nine months. That wasn’t the case for many same-sex couples before it was legalized in 2015.
A man, Mark, had been with his partner, Anthony, since 1998. Mark suffered from AIDS and nearly died, but made a recovery thanks to newly developed drugs, according to KOB 4.
Ten years after fearing dying from AIDS, Mark developed cancer and in 2013, he began to feel ill when he discovered that the cancer had spread. 2013 was also the year in which same-sex marriage became legal.
Mark died a few months after they got married, after being together for 15 years. But because of the rule on how long you have to get married, Anthony couldn’t collect survivor benefits.
After years in court, the Social Security Office was ordered to make the payments. Anthony finally started getting them in May. After waiting to see what happened to the appeal, he was finally able to use its benefits when it was withdrawn.
Now same-sex couples are starting to get the same benefits as other married couples.
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