Sir: I have recently lost my (male) partner after a happy relationship of 36 years.
Everything we built together as a couple was taken away immediately after his death: pensions disappeared and I faced a huge tax bill - including on a half share of our house, which we owned jointly - because the law did not recognise us as partners.
Efforts to reduce the age of consent (leading article, 20 June) and secure equal rights for gay people in the armed forces are laudable, but all these issues will fall into place once full partner recognition is accorded to gay people. This also applies to many unmarried heterosexual partnerships.
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