In initially denying the benefits, the company cited DOMA — but it continues to withhold the funds even though the relevant portion of DOMA has been struck down.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, a conservative Republican from Utah, says anyone who doesn't believe marriage equality will soon be the law of the land 'just isn't living in the real world.'
While the gutting of DOMA last year made equal access to Social Security benefits possible for married same-sex couples in states with marriage equality, it didn't change the situation for all gay and lesbian spouses in the U.S.
The civil rights attorney was honored at the Makers conference this weekend.
The Social Security Administration has started paying widows' and widowers' claims to surviving partners in legally recognized same-sex marriages.
Karen Morgan, who was married to the late chief warrant officer and outspoken lesbian military activist Charlie Morgan, received a military ID card for the first time Wednesday.