Court fight for equal pension rights for gay spouses

a judge's gavel Photo credit 3D Judges Gavel by Chris Potter (2012) / / CC BY 2.0

A gay man is going to the Supreme Court to call for his husband to get the same pension benefits that a wife would get.

John Walker is fighting what he calls an “absurd” legal exemption which means that, in the event of his death, his partner is entitled to survivor benefits only from December 2005.

However, if he had a wife she would be entitled to half of his pension, based on when he began paying in.

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Photo credit: 3D Judges Gavel by Chris Potter (2012) / / CC

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