John Walker has won a landmark ruling which if implemented will give his husband the same pension rights as a wife would receive.
The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that if John Walker dies, his husband is entitled to a spouse’s pension, provided that 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.
The decision will effect the entitlement of thousands of civil partners and spouses in same sex marriages, who will now enjoy the same pension rights and entitlements as people in a heterosexual marriage.
For example, Mr Walker’s husband would be entitled to a spousal pension of about £45,000 a year in the event of Mr Walker’s death, rather than around £1,000 a year he would currently expect.
Your Activist first campaigned for pensions equality more than fifteen years ago.