"In today’s society many people will have been surprised or shocked that there was a need for this case to be pursued at all! The case was brought as there was an anomaly in the Equality Act 2010 which penalised those in a civil partnership as this union was not legally recognised until 2006. This meant that any pension entitlements/contributions from which a civil partner could benefit were not recognised prior to this date, whereas married couples automatically received the full benefit of the contributions.
This finally brings parity to gay couples who are in a civil partnership or married who will enjoy the same entitlements as their heterosexual colleagues in relation to retirement benefits and pension rights. Interestingly, this is only using the application of European law by our Supreme Court. Let’s hope that sensible decisions like this continue after Brexit."
A gay man has won a landmark ruling which will give his husband the same pension rights as a wife would receive. The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that if John Walker, 66, dies, his husband is entitled to a spouse's pension, provided they remain married. The ex-chemical company worker said it would "drag" the government "into the 21st Century", while human rights group Liberty said "thousands" could benefit. A government spokesman said it would review the implications of the ruling. BBC legal affairs correspondent Clive Coleman said the decision will have "a dramatic effect on the entitlement of thousands of civil partners and spouses in same sex marriages".