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Q: If a same sex couple lives in a state where marriage is legal & they married, are they allowed to collect survivors benefits if they move to a state that does not recognize same sex marriages?
A: At this point, the answer is no. SEE BELOW:
Social Security and Medicare benefits—two cornerstones of retirement planning long enjoyed by most married Americans—will be a bonanza for couples in the 13 states that recognize gay marriage. Gay and lesbian couples will be eligible for valuable spousal and survivor benefits
that could be worth tens, maybe hundreds, of thousands of dollars to each household.
Based on the above information, you would need to stay in a state where same sex marriages are legal.
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