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Transgender woman wins pension court battle

A transgender woman who was unable to access her pension was discriminated against by UK law, the European Court of Justice has found.
The woman - known as MB - was refused the female state pension at 60 because she chose not to annul her marriage.
MB said she preferred to stay married to her wife "in the sight of God".
But a court has ruled a person who has changed gender does not have to annul the marriage they entered into before that change, to receive a pension.
Under the UK's 2004 Gender Recognition Act, trans people acquired the right to formally change their gender by obtaining a full "gender recognition certificate".
But the law states a certificate cannot be issued to a married person who does not have their marriage annulled on the basis of their gender change.
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