Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders and Justice in Aging filed suit against the Social Security Administration Tuesday on behalf of same-sex spouses being told to repay SSA’s overpayments.
March 10, 2015
Organizations mentioned/involved: Justice in Aging, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)
Then, in June 2014, Hugh Held’s Supplemental Security Income benefit was reduced to $308.10 a month on account of his marriage to Orion Masters.
Held and Masters were fine with that change, but they are not OK with the $6,205 bill that the Social Security Administration (SSA) for overpaid benefits since the Supreme Court ruling in United States v. Windsor, which declared the federal Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional.
On Tuesday, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders and Justice in Aging filed a class action lawsuit against the Social Security Administration on behalf of Held and other people similarly affected by the SSA.
“Unfortunately for married same-sex couples in marriage recognition states, SSA was completely unprepared to implement policies required of it by law after DOMA was struck down,” Gerald McIntyre, directing attorney for Justice in Aging, said in a statement. “The victims of that discrimination should not be the ones to pay for the agency’s mistake.”Tags: LGBTQ, Social Security Benefits