The Social Security Administration (SSA) has been working with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to determine how developments in the courts in connection with marriage equality for same-sex couplex affect SSA programs. This emergency message (EM) provides instructions for holding SSA claims and appeals involving same-sex marriages performed in the states listed below; or which involve applicants or recipients who live in these States while the application was pending; or where the applicant/recipient made or had his or her permanent homes in these States at any time while eligible.
· North Carolina,
· South Carolina,
· West Virginia, and
An index of documents referenced in and related to this Emergency Message can be found on the Social Security Administration website.