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Ely v. Saul (formerly Ely v. Berryhill)

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Michael Ely and James “Spider” Taylor
Status: Closed
Outcome:
Landmark Case, Victory
Court:
U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
Issues: Anti-LGBT Rulings, Laws and Amendments, Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections, Seniors

A lawsuit against the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) on behalf of a 65-year-old gay man seeking spousal survivor’s benefits based on his 43-year relationship with his husband, who died seven months after Arizona began allowing same-sex couples to marry. The lawsuit filed on behalf of Michael Ely in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona argues that SSA’s imposition of a nine-month marriage requirement for social security survivor’s benefits is unconstitutional where same-sex couples were not able to be married for nine months because of discriminatory marriage laws.

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