As the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill begins its journey through the legislative machinations the Bill summarises the effect on death benefits payable from a pension scheme.
Broadstone pensions consultant David Brooks commented “It is astonishing that the Government has gone so far as to extend marriage to same-sex couples but continued the discrimination that is allowed for Civil Partnerships so that the same-sex survivor is only entitled to benefits after 5 December 2005”.
David goes on to ask “Why? A man marrying a woman today would be entitled to a full spouse’s pension while a man marrying a man will only be entitled to a restricted benefit? Why not take the opportunity to correct this anomaly, that is clearly discriminatory, and may (if a recent employment tribunal is to be believed) be contrary to the EU Equal Treatment Directive?”