The UK’s Supreme Court awarded a gay man the right to pass on his pension to his spouse after his death on Wednesday. The ruling was founded on EU human rights guarantees, not UK law.
The landmark decision overturned a 2015 Court of Appeal decision against the 65-year old man. At the time, the UK Court had argued that his former employer was right to exclude same-sex partners from spousal benefits paid into a pension fund before December 2005, when civil partnerships became legal.
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