As we continue the march toward full marriage equality in all fifty states, whether through state courts or legislatures, or through action, again, by the Supreme Court, we will continue to see more and more stories like this one come up.
Lisa and Melody Rawson are a same-sex couple who, in 2002, while living in New York, adopted a son. Eight years later they decided to get married in Iowa. Then last year, after coming to see that the winter’s in the Northeast were difficult for their special needs son, the Rawson’s moved to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and warmer temperatures.
But it actually got colder.
Their son, Terrel, is wheelchair-bound with spina bifida, a bilateral hip dislocation and a condition that causes water on the brain among other medical issues. When the family lived in New York, Terrel was receiving $600 in Social Security disability payments per month for his condition, but once they moved down here, again, for his health, they haven’t seen a penny because, here in South Carolina, their marriage is unrecognizable, so the Social security benefits no longer apply.
The Rawson’s have contacted everyone from the Social Security Administration to the Justice Department, and have even written to Congress asking anyone to look into their situation, and all they get is the run-around.
The run-around is this: the state of South Carolina says it does not have the paperwork to approve the forms to put Mother and Mother on the forms to get the paperwork so they can get the funds their son needs.
Yes, there is no form to fill out, to get a form to fill out, to put Mother and Mother on a form that will get them a form to fill out to get Social Security.
This has got to change, y’all, because now an innocent child is suffering because of the inequalities in this country.