MONTPELIER â€” The federal government has ruled that the Social Security Administration must extend benefits to the children of partners in same-sex unions even if the parent is not biologically related.
The U.S. Department of Justice opinion was in response to a case involving a Vermont couple. It says that the federal Defense of Marriage Act does not exclude the nonbiological child of partners in a same-sex union from receiving benefits.
The October 2007 opinion was made public this month.
The opinion refers to two Vermont women who entered into a civil union in 2002 and later tried to pass on the nonbiological parentâ€™s disability benefits to their child born in 2003.