U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz (D-Pennsylvania) on Thursday, May 22, led 127 U.S. Representatives in urging the federal government to extend Social Security marriage benefits to all same-sex spouses, regardless of where they live.
Schwartz’s push comes as Pennsylvania this week became the 19th state to recognize same-sex marriages and the last Northeastern state to do so.
In their letter, the Jewish U.S. Rep. and her fellow House members called on the Social Security Administration to end the unconstitutional discrimination that is now preventing many same-sex couples from receiving the Social Security spousal benefits they have earned. The Social Security Administration is currently withholding benefits from same-sex couples in civil unions and registered domestic partnerships, as well as married same-sex couples living in states that do not recognize same-sex marriages.
“Everyone deserves equal treatment under our nation’s laws, regardless of their sexual orientation, where they live or where they took their vows,” Schwartz said. “The federal court was absolutely right to strike down Pennsylvania’s discriminatory and unjust law against marriage equality. This was an historic victory for our state, but we have more work to do to ensure all loving, committed same-sex spouses in Pennsylvania and nationwide receive the same federal benefits and protections that apply to other married couples and their families.”