In this Friday, March 8, 2013 photo, married couple Sharon Raphael, left, and Mina Meyer hold their Social Security papers at their home in Long Beach, Calif. Accountants and attorneys

 

              In this Friday, March 8, 2013 photo, married couple Sharon Raphael, left, and Mina Meyer hold their Social Security papers at their home in Long Beach, Calif. Accountants and attorneys
In this Friday, March 8, 2013 photo, married couple Sharon Raphael, left, and Mina Meyer hold their Social Security papers at their home in Long Beach, Calif. Accountants and attorneys are encouraging married same-sex couples to apply now for retroactive tax refunds and Social Security benefits in anticipation of the Supreme Court possibly overturning a federal law that prevents the federal government from recognizing gay and lesbian unions. The high court will hear arguments this month on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, which makes same-sex couples ineligible for filing joint tax returns or receiving survivor payments in the event of a spouse's death. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)