For Title XVI eligibility and payment amount purposes, we recognize same-sex marriages
established in foreign jurisdictions. We recognize NMLRs established in foreign jurisdictions
when one member of the couple is entitled to Title II benefits as the spouse of the
other member of the couple. If a couple holds themselves out to the community as married,
the couple is married for Title XVI purposes.
To determine if we recognize a same-sex marriage or a NMLR established in a foreign
jurisdiction, follow instructions GN 00210.006C in this section.
For more information about determining marital status for purposes of Title XVI and
holding out, refer to GN 00210.800 and SI 00501.152.