A gay man has won a Supreme Court battle to secure equal pension rights for his husband.
The Supreme Court justices ruled that Mr Walker’s husband is entitled on his death to a spouse’s pension, provided they stay married.
The landmark ruling means his husband is entitled to the same benefits as a wife would be.
Pensions law previously left some married gay and lesbian couples worse off than their heterosexual counterparts – because same-sex couples have only been recognised in the eyes of the law since civil partnerships were introduced in 2005.
The loophole meant that while elderly straight couples have had decades to accrue rights to partner benefits on private pension plans, a number of plans only offer entitlements from 2005 onwards to gay and lesbian couples.
66-year-old John Walker challenged rules that meant he would only be entitled to pass £500 of his final salary pension on to his husband and …