Obama Extends Social Security Benefits to Same-Sex Married Couples
Many aspects of President Barack Obama’s $4 trillion budget for the 2016 fiscal year have been making headlines, including new rules applying to student borrowers. Also in the new budget are provisions that ensure married same-sex couples will be able to receive Social Security benefits no matter where they live.
Currently, married same-sex couples are unable to get benefits if they live in a state that does not recognize same-sex marriage. The FY 2016 budget ensures that this will no longer happen by changing key parts of the Social Security Act.
This is the first time Obama has suggested a change of this type, though he has openly supported same-sex marriage since 2012. Obama’s proposed budget has to be passed by the Republican-led Congress before it becomes law.