But equality of a legal kind does not necessarily equate to full equality, a dichotomy most strikingly seen in the perpetuation of restrictions on survivor's benefits from accrued pension pots of their same-sex partners.

Currently, pension schemes are not obliged to backdate a surviving spouse's pension rights beyond 5 December 2005 (when the Civil Partnership Act came into force). This effectively locks out gay men and women from passing on the benefits of their accrued pension pots to a spouse or civil partner, were they to die.

After an employment tribunal in 2012 ruled that his employer's pension scheme contravened ...

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