U.K. to grant gays survivor compensation

The British government said Monday that as part of an overhaul of the compensation system, it plans to include compensation claims for gays whose partners have been killed, The [London] Independent reports. The move was apparently prompted by the April 1999 bombing of a gay bar, the Admiral Duncan pub, in London, in which three people were killed. Compensation was paid to the survivors of the heterosexual victims but not to those of the gay victims. "This is a hugely significant move, both as a landmark and in application to people," a spokesman for the gay group Stonewall said.

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