Gay Marriage Federal Benefits

July 21, 2011 - 4:43 PM
Jim Fitzgerald, left, sits with his spouse Al Koski, right, outside their home in Bourne, Mass., Thursday, July 21, 2011. Koski, 68, worked as a Social Security claims representative for more than 20 years before retiring in 2005. But even though he and Fitzgerald, 60, have been together for 36 years, and were legally married in Massachusetts in 2007, the federal government won’t allow Fitzgerald to access Koski’s federal pension. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)