Gay man loses court appeal over husband’s pension rights

A gay man has lost his appeal court bid to win his husband the same pension rights a wife would enjoy if he was in a heterosexual relationship.

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Three appeal judges unanimously ruled that the claim brought by ex-cavalry officer John Walker failed because it applied to a period before gay civil partnerships were recognised by the law.

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The judges – Lord Dyson, master of the rolls, sitting with Lord Justice Lewison and Lord Justice Underhill – rejected Mr Walker’s complaint that he and his partner were victims of discrimination and human rights breaches.

Lord Justice Underhill said: “I can understand that Mr Walker and his husband will find this conclusion hard to accept.

“But changes in social attitudes, and the legislation that embodies those changes, cannot fully undo the effects of the past.”


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