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No one should have to choose between love and access to crucial benefits.
Everyone should have the right to marry the person they love. But for many people with disabilities, getting married can mean losing access to critical benefits.

The reason behind this? Marriage penalties.

"Marriage penalties" are unfair rules that can lead to cuts in benefits and limit savings for married people with disabilities who rely on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and other Social Security benefits. In some cases, marriage penalties can trigger loss of benefits entirely—benefits that pay for things like health care and the help that many people with disabilities rely on to live independently in the community.

The good news is momentum is building in Congress to change these unfair rules—and we have the power to make a difference!

For people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.