Gay Marriage and the Marriage $$$ Penalty

Is it true that if two married people of any genders become eligible for Social Security old age benefits, that they receive more money from the federal government if they get divorced?

Is it true that if two unmarried persons like my partner Chuckie and myself have been receiving the above benefits for several years and then get married (in an appropriate state), that our total benefits will be reduced because of the marriage?  For a simple example, if both of us are now receiving (say) $1,000 a month as single men, we will receive less than a total of $2,000 if we get married?  Would that reduction be significant, say over ten percent?

Thanks to a reader who can answer this question!

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