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[Mrs Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Preventing Violence Against Women: Role of Men (4 Feb 2016)

Karen Bradley: ...in correspondence. It is important to reflect that—the hon. Member for Paisley and Renfrewshire North started with this—both women and men may be victims of domestic or sexual violence, forced marriage or stalking. It is also important that the response for all victims is as good as it can be. The hon. Member for Lanark and Hamilton East (Angela Crawley) talked about lesbian,...

Backbench Business — Childhood Obesity Strategy: Holocaust Memorial Day (21 Jan 2016)

Wes Streeting: ...persecution they experienced as a result of being different. Among them were those who were branded with the pink triangle, the Nazi mark of the homosexual. Like other victims of the Nazi holocaust, gay men and women were rounded up by the Gestapo. Many were imprisoned, and some were castrated and subjected to cruel medical experiments. Others met their end in the gas chambers of the death...

Marriage: Humanist Ceremonies — Question (21 Jan 2016)

Baroness Thornton: I thank the Minister for his Answer. He will understand why I keep returning to this because Scotland is a long way for one to go for one’s children to have a humanist marriage. Two gay people can now marry in a church but they cannot have a humanist wedding in England and Wales. It is two and a half years since this House agreed that it thought that should happen. Can the Minister say...

HIV and AIDS — Question for Short Debate (18 Jan 2016)

Lord Cashman: ...the noble Baroness, Lady Barker, and the all-party parliamentary group under the chairmanship of Pamela Nash, I want to make a personal statement of thanks to the noble Lord, Lord Fowler. As a gay man growing up in the 1980s, I think many people on other continents and some in this country thought that we were a group of people who were expendable, but because of the noble Lord’s...

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting — Motion to Take Note (17 Dec 2015)

Lord Luce: ...people to engage with a range of issues in a pan-Commonwealth context. The excellent Commonwealth of Learning uses distance learning to promote education, working, for example, towards eradicating child, early and forced marriage. I welcome the support from the Heads of Government for the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan. Since the scheme began in 1959, 30,000 people have held...

Human Rights: UK Application — Question (18 Nov 2015)

Lord Lexden: Why should my gay friends in Belfast be denied the right to marry one another if they wish to do so, while my gay friends in London can exercise that right? The first civil partnership in the United Kingdom took place in Belfast, but a same-sex marriage is impossible there. Has the time not come to review the scope and extent of the so-called Sewel convention, under which this wholly unfair...

Church Commissioners: Jeremy Pemberton (5 Nov 2015)

Sharon Hodgson: The Church of England has made many strides forward in the acceptance of gay unions among its clergy, especially in the acceptance of civil partnerships. As we have heard, despite that evolution, there are clear discrepancies in how the Church treats gay clergy who enter into a civil marriage. Will the right hon. Lady therefore speak to Church leaders to resolve such matters so that gay...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Marriage Equality (2 Nov 2015)

Caitriona Ruane: What we are calling for today is marriage equality in civil marriage. That debate is one for people in the various Churches. Let us not be diverted; let us not have a red-herring debate. That is a debate for the Churches. Every party in the Assembly that votes yes is absolutely clear that yes voters support freedom of religion by allowing religious institutions to define, observe and...

Finance Bill (Ways and Means) (Payment of Corporation Tax): New Clause 9 — Inheritance tax review (26 Oct 2015)

Rob Marris: .... For example, the Labour Government introduced civil partnership legislation, which I welcome—it is possible this Parliament will extend that to opposite-sex couples—and, commendably, in the last Parliament gay marriage was put on to the statute book. Those are concrete examples, dealt with by this House, of the fluidity and changing nature of family structures, but the...

Bill Presented — Sugar in Food and Drinks (Targets, Labelling and Advertising) Bill: Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Amendment) (21 Oct 2015)

Tim Loughton: ...in the Chamber will have spotted that this Bill has form. It is identical to the Bill I brought before the House last year, and it mirrors the amendment I proposed during the report stage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in May 2013. My Bill therefore makes its hat-trick appearance today, unencumbered by any other legislation, in the hope that it will be third time lucky and will...

LGBTI Citizens Worldwide — Motion to Take Note (17 Sep 2015)

Lord Cashman: ...be undertaken and achieved. Have we learnt nothing from the cold, humiliating history of slavery and those who used culture, religion and market forces to defend it? I believe that our ability to imagine separates us from other species. As a gay man, I must imagine, “What if that were me?”. What if I were born in one of those 78 countries that criminalise people because of who...

Scottish Parliament: Human Rights Act 1998 (Amnesty International Campaign) (8 Sep 2015)

Marco Biagi: ...social services to respond to warning signs; journalists, who are not required to disclose their sources; disabled people, including people with mental health problems in care or detention, who can expect to receive treatment and conditions to meet their specific needs; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people, who have used human rights to overcome discrimination; and the...

Freedom of Religion and Belief — Motion to Take Note (16 Jul 2015)

Lord Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood: ...morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others”. It is generally the protection of the rights and freedoms of others and, above all, the increasing recognition of the rights of others, in particular gays and lesbians, not to be discriminated against that has led to much of the litigation under this provision. Take the Supreme Court case of Bull and...

Business of the House (16 Jul 2015)

Conor McGinn: ...by visiting Ayrshire to serve as best man for my friend Alan Gemmell, who is marrying his partner Damien Stirk. Does the Leader of the House share my pride in the fact that Britain has led the way on equal marriage, and will he provide time for a debate so that the House can show solidarity with lesbian and gay people throughout the world who are denied this and many other rights and freedom?

Bills Presented — Bat Habitats Regulation Bill: Clause 31 — Crown Estate (6 Jul 2015)

Stewart McDonald: ...right to choose—I accept that hon. Members have not expressly said that they want to do that—would be misplaced, but our Parliament can handle the matter just as it has handled assisted suicide, equal marriage and section 28. I wish to draw on those examples of how our Parliament has matured into the national forum that it is today. During the debate on section 28 in the early...

Human Rights and Civil Liberties — Motion to Take Note (2 Jul 2015)

Lord Cashman: ...the ashes of peoples’ hopes and dreams and, yes, the ashes from concentration camps dotted across Europe. We have seen the least favoured defended—people like me in the 1980s, having no rights as a gay man—through Stonewall and through courageous individuals pursuing their cause, literally dragging their cases through the courts of the United Kingdom to prove that they...

Opposition Day — [1st allotted day]: Housing (10 Jun 2015)

Catherine West: ...over a relatively short space of time—democracy is certainly alive and kicking in Hornsey and Wood Green. My predecessor, Lynne Featherstone, was well respected locally for her ministerial work on gay marriage and her campaigning for an end to the vile practice of female genital mutilation—causes that I am sure she will continue to pursue. I am very pleased to speak on housing...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (3rd Day) (Continued) (1 Jun 2015)

Lord Cashman: ...individuals or minorities. On a personal note, I come from a minority which is still much maligned and misrepresented. Even today, our rights in some parts of the United Kingdom are still resisted or denied. The rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual people are still not universally welcomed or accepted in the United Kingdom. Sadly, even in Northern Ireland, same-sex marriage is...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Human Rights Act 1998 (1 Jun 2015)

Paul Givan: ...legislated for, but at least it was democratically elected people who brought the change in; it was not the judges or the courts. I am opposed to other things that have been brought in, like gay marriage in the rest of the United Kingdom, but at least it was through the democratic process that it happened; it was not some cultural warrior wearing a wig in a courthouse who brought in the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: Suicide Prevention: Londonderry (12 May 2015)

Ross Hussey: ...stays with the family. What are the causes? If we knew all the causes, we would know all the answers. Certainly, bullying is one of them. There are also legal highs, alcohol, depression, debt, marriage breakdown and work-related issues. We will see that more and more as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) sets in to members of the security forces, for example, or perhaps to those who...


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