Why marriage matters: Gay elders

March 27, 2007
Renea enjoys lunch daily at a Chicago senior center serving low income seniors. Her much younger lover who is 59 was laid off from her job of 15 years and after 8 months has still not found employment. Renea supports them both on her Social Security benefits. Among other things, Renea is terrified because she is much older than her lover and if she dies her lover will not be able to continue Social Security benefits the way that straight married couples do. Her lover will be destitute. At the moment her lover is just hungry. [Link]