- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Latest on a civil rights group’s work to obtain Social Security survivor benefits for a Louisiana man who legally married his husband prior to the 2015 Supreme Court decision established same-sex marriage as a right. (all times local):

6:15 p.m.

The Social Security Administration is declining comment on a case in which the ACLU of Louisiana is seeking Social Security benefits in a same-sex marriage case.

The agency cited privacy concerns.

The ACLU says Gerald Beem and William Floyd Conley had been Louisiana residents since 1997 when they were legally married in California in 2014. Conley died before Louisiana recognized gay marriage in accordance with a 2015 Supreme Court decision.

The ACLU says Beem was denied benefits even after the high court’s decision. An administrative hearing is set for August.

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4 p.m.

A civil rights group says it’s seeking Social Security survivor benefits for a Louisiana man who legally married his husband in California before a 2015 Supreme Court ruling established a nationwide right to same-sex marriage.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana says Gerald Allen Beem and William Floyd Conley had lived together since 1982.

Louisiana residents since1997, they were legally married in California in 2014.

Conley died in February 2015, before the Supreme Court decision. The ACLU said in a news release that the Social Security Administration in Lafayette denied benefits to Beem even after the court decision.

The ACLU said Tuesday the case will be heard Aug. 4 by a Social Security administrative judge. The Social Security administration did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

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