Same sex spouses soon will see social security benefit checks in the mailbox, according to acting commissioner of Social Security Carolyn W. Colvin.

The Supreme Court’s June decision in the U.S. v. Windsor determined a same-sex spouse was, in fact, entitled to death benefits from her deceased spouse. The ruling cleared the way for federal recognition of marriage equality in the 13 states that recognize same-sex marriage. Various federal agencies still await guidance on processing the myriad benefit claims to these legally married couples.

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