Survivors Benefits for Same-Sex PartnersReading Time: 1 Minute
Last Updated: June 14, 2022
During Pride Month and throughout the year, we acknowledge and honor the contributions made by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Plus (LGBTQ+) community. Pride Month is a special time to share how Social Security benefits same-sex couples and members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Were you in a same-sex relationship with a partner who passed away? If so, you may qualify for Social Security survivors benefits based on your partner’s earnings record.
You may qualify for survivors benefits if you meet any of the following:
- You would have been married at the time of your partner’s death if unconstitutional state laws hadn’t prevented you from marrying.
- You would have been married longer, but unconstitutional state laws prevented you from marrying sooner.
If you think you may be entitled to benefits, we encourage you to contact us right away. Please call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) or contact your local Social Security office.
After you apply, you can check the status of your application with your personal my Social Security account. If you don’t have a personal my Social Security account, you can create one today in just a few minutes.
We also encourage you to check out some of our new resources, including our:
If you know someone who may meet the requirements for survivors benefits, please share this information with them.
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