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Ft. Myers Woman at Center of Florida Marriage Equality Lawsuit Finally Granted Late Wife's Social Security Benefits


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Ft. Myers Woman at Center of Florida Marriage Equality Lawsuit Finally Granted Late Wife's Social Security Benefits

FT. MYERS, FL - The Social Security Administration has agreed to fully recognize the marriage of Arlene Goldberg of Fort Myers – one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the ACLU of Florida, and Stephen Rosenthal of the Podhurst Orseck law firm challenging Florida’s ban on marriages for same-sex couples – and her late wife Carol Goldwasser. As a result, Goldberg will now receive the Social Security survivor’s benefits to which she was entitled.

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...And this is what is wrong with our justice system. Even if you are legally in the right, and if national law itself changes significantly, lawyers will argue the minutia of your case and how it applies to other rulings unnecessarily drawing out the legal proceedings. For every gay person who has had their time in court, there were probably a thousand who are in the right but ran out of money or energy.