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The Social Security Administration announced it has started processing claims and paying death benefits due the surviving spouses of same-sex couples.

“I am pleased to announce that [the] Social Security is processing some widow’s and widower’s claims by surviving members of same-sex marriages and paying benefits where they are due,” said Carolyn W. Colvin, acting commissioner of Social Security, in a statement on Monday. “In addition, we are able to pay some one-time lump sum death benefit claims to surviving same-sex spouses.”

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