The Obama administration on Friday announced that it was in the process of issuing Social Security benefits for married gay and lesbian couples.

Social Security spokesman Mark Hinkle said in a statement that the agency has begun taking claims from married gay couples who believe they are eligible for benefits.

“The President has directed the Attorney General to work with other members of his Cabinet to review the recent Supreme Court decision and determine its impact on Federal benefit programs – including benefits administered by Social Security – to ensure that we implement the decision swiftly and smoothly,” Hinkle said.

“We are taking claims now from individuals who believe they may be eligible for Social Security benefits. We will process these claims as soon as we have finalized our instructions.”

The change comes less than a month after the Supreme Court gutted the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in a historic ruling which said that the federal government must recognize the legal marriages of gay couples.

“We are working with the Department of Justice to determine how the decision affects our programs and to develop appropriate instructions for our personnel,” he added.

Other federal agencies are undergoing similar changes to comply with the mandate.