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I’m in a civil partnership. Do I have the same right to my partner’s benefits package as a heterosexual married partner would have?
Not entirely. If you are in a civil partnership or a same-sex marriage, you have the right to the same employment benefits as a married person in a heterosexual relationship, with one important exception. It is not sexual orientation discrimination to deny survivorship benefits under an occupational pension scheme to your partner, where those benefits accrued before 5 December 2005. This is the date the Civil Partnerships Act 2004 became law.
It is now established law that denying these benefits to partners in a same-sex marriage or a civil partnership or a same-sex marriage 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.