National News Roundup: Year 5, Week 42 (October 31 — November 6)

Cleanup in Aisle 45:

Your New Normal:

The Bad:

The Good:

  • Same Sex Survivor Social Security. The Biden Administration announced this week that it will be abandoning defense of a Trump-era policy barring survivors from receiving social security benefits if our history of marriage inequality barred them from meeting the formal requirements. This is a much bigger deal than might be obvious, because social security policy looks at federal definitions of marriage, which have only included same-sex couples for about six years. In fact, the plaintiff in Obergefell, the court case that resulted in full marriage equality in the U.S., was denied survivor benefits because his spouse died only three months later. This policy was likely leaving a lot of people behind.

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Kara Hurvitz

Kara Hurvitz

Boots on the ground for social change, one step at a time.