So how is same-sex marriage impacted by Social Security? Well, the same as how heterosexual marriage is impacted. To bust the myth, there is no difference. You get reduced Social Security benefits when you turn 62 or chose to wait until 66 to receive the full compensation. Heck, if you wait until you’re 70, you get the full benefits plus a retirement bonus.
How does this all work out? Well, if your state recognizes you as legally married, then guess what? Social Security will recognize you as legally married. All depending on what state you reside in, of course.
But in comes DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act), which states that those social security benefits can only be paid if the marriage is between a man and a woman. This is where any optimistic notions of receiving Social Security benefits in a same-sex marriage reach a boiling point.
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