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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...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Marriage Equality (27 April 2015)

Daithí McKay: ...about them ... Get over it. Get over yourself." That is not a mature response for an MP, an MLA, an MEP or any elected representative on this island. Churches, of course, have different views on marriage equality. Political parties have different views on it as well. Danny Kinahan made an important point when he said that marriage was not just a religious institution. We have civil...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Marriage Equality (27 April 2015) See 7 other results from this debate

Simon Hamilton: ..., you will inevitably lower self-esteem and create unnecessary divisions. Different approaches are not lesser or discriminatory, and it is wrong to imply that a civil partnership is an inferior status. Our marriage law recognises the unique relationship between a man and a woman, just as our law on civil partnerships recognises the unique relationship between two people of the same sex....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Northern Ireland Act 1998: Report on the Operation of the Provisions of Parts 3 and 4 (27 April 2015)

Basil McCrea: ..., a peace process or any other process. We have far more important things to deal with, whether they be youth unemployment, trying to get the economy going or trying to sort out our stance on gay marriage or any of the other issues that affect us. Let us have proper debate. But, do you know what? We cannot. Everything comes back to whether we will have Marty as First Minister or...

Private Investigators — Question (26 March 2015)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I find the Minister’s answer incredible. The consultation that he referred to was nearly three years ago and it had the highest number of responses of any consultation except that on gay marriage. In fact, the responses were unanimous on that occasion. Does the Minister realise that fewer police officers means that private security is replacing and working alongside the...

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Commonwealth Day (24 March 2015)

Crispin Blunt: ...me that the Commonwealth and its institutions provided a suitable vehicle through which to identify and work for one of the causes that I intended to use my parliamentary position to pursue: the protection of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights around the world. Within that nexus, I was happy to become chair of the parliamentary friends of the Kaleidoscope Trust, a...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Equality Legislation: Revised Wording (16 March 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Edwin Poots: ...force individuals to think particular things. It is sad that the Ashers case came to the fore through a cake that was to be used by the Alliance Party's Mayor of North Down, I believe, to promote gay marriage. I am happy to be challenged on that. If someone is not in support of gay marriage, why go to their business and seek to force them to provide that support? It is wrong that...

Opposition Day — [15th Allotted Day]: Sustainable Development Goals (28 January 2015)

Mary Creagh: The Secretary of State will have her chance when she makes her speech. We want girls to enjoy their education free from the threat of child or forced marriage. However, Tory MEPs voted against the European Parliament’s report on sustainable development goals and on the section on women’s sexual and reproductive rights. We want to tackle the economic conditions and supply chains...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Driving Licences: Union Flag (27 January 2015)

Anna Lo: ...support the motion, as a standard UK-wide licence could be acceptable. However, if people want standardisation across the UK, I look forward to the DUP changing its stance on issues such as the gay blood ban, equal marriage and the Climate Change Act, which, so far, it has rejected on the basis that we are different.

New Clause 1 — Judaeo-Christian tradition (16 January 2015)

James Arbuthnot: ...anathema to the people listening to it. Let me give the hon. Gentleman another example, in a Christian context. What happens if the prayers call on God to grant enlightenment to those who support gay marriage? That might be anathema to some of the councillors who do support gay marriage. What should one do as a councillor in those circumstances? Should one heckle the priest or the imam?...

Serious Crime Bill [Lords] (5 January 2015)

Fiona Mactaggart: ...has been cut up. Our ambition should therefore be to change the thinking and to create a consciousness which rejects this form of abuse. We in Parliament know that we can do that. We have done it on gay rights and gay marriage, for example, and on a number of other things. We can change thinking. However, although I am glad that there are still a few Members in the Chamber at 9 pm on this...

Recall of MPs Bill: Second Reading (17 December 2014)

Lord Cooper of Windrush: ...insight into how government works but it also brought the disagreeable consequence of occasionally being the subject of press interest. The Mail on Sunday accorded me the cartoonishly tabloid description of the “gay marriage guru”—a title that I am honoured to have but do not deserve—while the Daily Mail told its readers that I do not blow my nose without first...

Cohabitation Rights Bill [HL] — Second Reading (12 December 2014)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: ...senior family judge. Like her, I should say straightaway that I am married. I have been married for 42 years and my wife has put up with me throughout that time. I am a very strong supporter of marriage. If I thought that this Bill would deter people from marrying, I would oppose it, and if I thought that it would coerce people into cohabiting relationships, I would find that inappropriate...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Private Schools (1 December 2014)

Tristram Hunt: ...on the vested interests, happy to allow £140 million of tax relief a year without demanding partnership and progress. Is this a principled stand against our policy or, like her flip-flopping opposition to gay marriage, is she just waiting for more people to get in touch before she changes her mind?

Marriage of Same Sex Couples (Conversion of Civil Partnership) Regulations 2014: Motion to Approve (18 November 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Paddick: My Lords, I declare an interest, having married a Norwegian man in 2009 in Norway. My marriage is now recognised as a marriage in the UK, whereas previously it was recognised only as a civil partnership. Today we are nearing the end of the legislative road as far as equality for same-sex couples in the UK is concerned. There have been some ironies along the way. The late Lady...

Bill Presented — International Trade Agreements (Scrutiny): Clause 1 — How an MP becomes subject to a recall petition process (27 October 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

David Heath: .... If someone wants to do radical things in the House and represents a socially conservative constituency, they will face problems of this kind. It does not take much to get 3,500 people to say they do not support gay marriage or some other policy on which we have legislated. I want to concentrate, therefore, on genuine misconduct.

Bill Presented: Blood Donation (Equality) (22 October 2014)

Michael Fabricant: ...something does not make sense; when something is not fair. How can it be logical that a straight, promiscuous man who might have different partners every night of the year can donate blood, while a gay man in a monogamous, loving relationship cannot, unless he has certified that he has been totally celibate for the past year? How can a nation that has just passed the Marriage (Same Sex...

Bill Presented — General Practitioner Surgeries (Rural Areas) Bill: Recall of MPs Bill (21 October 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Conor Burns: ...away. She said, “That’s not far enough behind at this stage.” It is up to us as politicians to take decisions, confident in our judgments and confident that over time they will be shown to be right. I will use the recent example of same-sex marriage. I agonised over how to vote on that, as a practising Catholic and as an openly gay man. If I had listened to those in my...

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — Relationships and Children’s Well-being (21 October 2014)

Steve McCabe: ...have completely broken down, but that is not quite our experience. Families—albeit sometimes new or reconstituted families—still form the backbone of our support system. In the era of same-sex marriage—which it is difficult for some people to acknowledge—we are not talking about a single model of marriage. We could be talking about cohabiting, heterosexual,...

Wales Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (13 October 2014)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, we live in an ever changing world. One thinks back over the last year and the issues that we have debated in this House, be it assisted dying or gay marriage, and it is clear that we live in a world that is changing very fast. What do we want of young people? Do we want passion? Do we want interest? Do we want commitment? If we want those things, the way to get them is to reward...

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