@sageusa – Call to Action: Help End Social Security Discrimination

Each one of us has been paying into Social Security our entire working lives, with the expectation that it will be there for our family in retirement or in the event of our death. Unfortunately, for same-sex married couples, this is not always the case.

Right now, the Social Security Administration is not treating same-sex marriages equally, denying benefits to legally married spouses. Losing one’s spouse is difficult enough without having to fight for the spousal, survival and death benefits that families earn over a lifetime of work.

Now there’s a solution to address this inequality–sign a petition here today to tell the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the SAME Act and ensure our Social Security system works for everyone.

The Social Security and Marriage Equality Act (SAME Act) was introduced last week in the Senate. And this week, Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) and Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) have introduced the companion bill in the House.

Already, over 50,000 people have joined us in calling on the U.S. Senate to pass this critical legislation. Now, with a bipartisan companion bill in the House, we have a real opportunity to address this blatant discrimination.

We have made some significant strides in addressing inequality in America, but we still have a long way to go, for both economic justice and social justice. We cannot allow same-sex couples to be discriminated against through a program that is otherwise universally available to all citizens.

Join SAGE and our partners at Social Security Works in demanding that Congress pass the SAME Act and begin addressing income inequality for all.

Thank you for fighting to continue to expand Social Security and ensure it works for everyone.

Thank you for your support,

 

 

Michael Adams, Executive Director of SAGE 

SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders)
212-741-2247info@sageusa.org | http://sageusa.org
305 7th Avenue, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10001

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