Gay Marriage Federal Benefits

    Jim Fitzgerald, top, stands next to his spouse Al Koski, seated front, as the two pose for a portrait in 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)