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Since these 2 women still cannot legally get married as far as the federal government is concerned, they are already paying the higher federal tax rates today for single while they are living. Death will not change that.

However, because they cannot be married, neither will be able to collect any social security survivor benefits if one person dies while retired. Thus, the social security income will drop in half when one partner dies.

These are some of the most egregious examples of government discrimination that occurs for gay and lesbian couples - we end up paying more income tax than straight couples, and getting less in social security benefits.
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