Gay and Lesbian Families in the Census: Gay and Lesbian Seniors

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Gay and Lesbian Families in the Census: Gay and Lesbian Seniors

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97 percent of U.S. counties have a senior in a same-sex partnership. Nearly three in five U.S. counties (1,847) have more same-sex partnered seniors per capita than the national average of one in a thousand people. Despite their prevalence, gay and lesbian partners do not have access to Social Security survivor benefits or tax-free transfer of survivor IRA contributions.

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