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If a same couple lives in a state where marriage is legal

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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? The new rulings that were announced last week stated that the IRS, US Treasury & many others said same sex marriages would be recognized, if they moved to a state that did not allow same sex marriages yet, because you are still married regardless of where you live. But, we are not sure if Social Security benefits fall into the rulings,,even though it is part of the Fed, government? Thank you
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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.

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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323823004578595491100933204.html


Based on the above information, you would need to stay in a state where same sex marriages are legal.

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