The Cost of Marriage Inequality to Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Seniors

A Human Rights Campaign Foundation Report
January 29, 2004
Equality in access to marriage, and the many benefits and protections that go with it, would bring equity to the taxation of and benefits provided to all seniors, regardless of sexual orientation. Specifically, granting same-sex couples the right to marry would guarantee that the widows and widowers of same-sex couples would not be hit with undue estate tax and income tax burdens — nor deprived of Social Security survivor benefits — upon the death of a partner. Marriage equality also would decrease the risk of losing their homes that gay, lesbian and bisexual seniors now face when a partner enters a nursing home or dies.[Link]