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I'm in a same-sex relationship, but I am not married or in a civil partnership. Do I have the same right to my partner's benefits package as a married partner would?
No. If you are in a same-sex relationship but are not married and not in a civil partnership, you have the right to the same treatment as someone who is unmarried in a heterosexual relationship. It is not sexual orientation discrimination to offer a benefit only to employees who are married or in a civil partnership, and to exclude all unmarried employees, whether they are in a same-sex or heterosexual relationship.
It would be sexual orientation discrimination for the rules to treat you differently from heterosexual unmarried couples, or for partners in a civil partnership or a same-sex marriage to be treated less favourably than married couples.
There is one exception, which concerns pension survivorship benefits. It is now established that denying civil partners, or couples in a same-sex marriage, access to pension survivorship benefits that accrued before 5 December 2005 (the date the UK ratified European laws outlawing same-sex discrimination) is not unlawful sexual orientation discrimination. This was confirmed by the Court of Appeal in the case of Innospec Limited v Walker  EWCA Civ 1000 CA.