Social Security has published new instructions that allow the agency to process Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims made by individuals who are in a same-sex marriage. This change in policy, is in direct response to last year’s Supreme Court decision which found Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.

SSI is a needs-based program, and the agency will consider the income and resources of the recipient and his or her spouse when determining eligibility and monthly payment.

To learn more about SSI and other potential benefits for same sex couples, visit the Social Security Administration website here.