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Human Rights and Civil Liberties — Motion to Take Note (2 July 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...

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

Lord Cashman: ...cases through the domestic courts before they could have their rights recognised, then upheld, in Strasbourg. Even then, in some instances, Governments resisted. The infamous judgment on the rights of prisoners to vote was, sadly, hysterically seized upon by most political parties but the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg did not state that prisoners should have the vote. It...

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 5 other results from this debate

Simon Hamilton: ...to respond. In saying that I believe that this motion will suffer the same fate as the three previous motions, I am not seeking to be curt or dismissive. I am merely recognising the fact that most Members have voted, and will continue to vote, according to their conscience, no matter how much pressure is brought to bear. There would appear to be a view that claims of inequality, if...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Equality Legislation: Revised Wording (16 March 2015)

Caitriona Ruane: ...237; an Chomhaontaithe as an díospóireacht seo a chur sa Tionól. I welcome the debate, and I thank the Alliance for bringing it forward. As my colleague Bronwyn McGahan has said, we will be supporting the motion and voting against the DUP amendment. Sinn Féin supports equality legislation, and we note with disappointment the DUP attempts to row back on equality. It...

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...

Bill Presented — International Trade Agreements (Scrutiny): Clause 1 — How an MP becomes subject to a recall petition process (27 October 2014)

Zac Goldsmith: ...to deal. This is the line in the sand on which we will need to decide today. It relates to the fear that elected representatives could be unfairly hounded from office—kicked out because of how they voted on issues such as gay marriage, the badger cull or HS2. It is the idea that the mere existence of recall would make Members nervous about expressing themselves on controversial...

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

Conor Burns: ...Friend the Member for Newton Abbot (Anne Marie Morris), who has just left the Chamber, referred to our being in a goldfish bowl, but not many people are looking into this particular goldfish bowl. When we vote on bombing Syria or gassing badgers, this place is surrounded by members of the public wishing to tell us their views. We find that our inboxes are full of e-mails and our...

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...

Business of the House (17 July 2014)

Angela Eagle: ..., we discovered that the Liberal Democrats had made their most shameless U-turn since their last one: this time it is the bedroom tax. We told them it would create misery and save no money, but their votes got it on to the statute book, and their votes defended it time and again. Given that there is now no majority in this House for the continuation of this pointless and cruel tax, will...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — [Unallotted day] — The UK’s Relationship with Africa (19 June 2014)

Martin Horwood: ...problem across Africa; homosexuality is outlawed in 38 African countries. However, it is not always the best strategy for the former imperial power to lecture those countries about such issues. South Africa, however, has gay rights enshrined in its constitution, it has legalised same-sex marriage and it is a powerful advocate for LGBT rights. It can lead the attempt to change the political...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Marriage Equality (29 April 2014) See 4 other results from this debate

Megan Fearon: ...8212; I am using moderate language so that I do not upset anyone — that I wonder whether you would be able to repeat what you said to the faces of a family who have lost a loved one to suicide because they were gay.  It is one thing to do it to a hall full of schoolchildren. We are dealing with real people with real personal struggles and real relationships.  To that end, I...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Marriage Equality (29 April 2014)

Caitriona Ruane: I beg to move That this Assembly notes that other jurisdictions on these islands have moved forward with equal marriage rights for same-sex couples; believes that all couples, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, should have the same legal entitlement to marry and to the protections, rights, obligations and benefits afforded by the legal institution of marriage; supports freedom of...

Business of the House (10 April 2014)

Kevin Brennan: We now have a women’s Minister who could not also have the equalities brief because she voted against gay marriage, and an equalities Minister who said that there were no women members of the Monetary Policy Committee because it was appointed on merit. May we have the novel innovation of a joint statement by the women’s Minister and the equalities Minister so that we can find out...

LGBT Rights (Uganda) (2 April 2014)

Nick Herbert: ...this appalling and repressive legislation. We are witnessing a tale of two worlds. In one world, we saw last weekend the joyful sight of same-sex couples in this country being able to enter into marriages for the first time thanks to a vote in this House of Commons that passed that legislation by a substantial majority, while similar legislation is being passed around the world—in...

Consular Marriages and Marriages under Foreign Law Order 2014 — Motions to Approve (27 February 2014)

Baroness Northover: ...taking through these SIs now. As my noble friend Lady Barker has said, what a joy it was to wear the pink carnations of the noble Lord, Lord Alli, and to go outside and be serenaded by the London Gay Men’s Chorus. It really was a tremendous joy. Extending marriage to same-sex couples is about righting a historical unfairness. The principles and arguments for doing this have already...

Scottish Parliament: Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (4 February 2014)

Marco Biagi: ...it—in the long run civil partnerships have been overtaken. Personally, I would consider it a little bit distasteful to keep them, in the same way as I would regard wearing a badge that says that I am gay so as to warn people of a nervous disposition. My personal preference would be to see civil partnership disappear entirely. That is what happened in Denmark and Sweden when they...

Scottish Parliament: Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill (4 February 2014) See 7 other results from this debate

Jackson Carlaw: When this parliamentary year started and we came back from the summer recess in full anticipation of passing momentous legislation on same-sex marriage, my personal assistant greeted me at the office and said, “Have you heard the latest? Neil Bibby and Mark Griffin have got engaged.” There was just a moment before the look on my face made her feel that she needed to qualify that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Sexual Orientation Strategy (10 December 2013) See 1 other result from this debate

Steven Agnew: ...legislation that has come to the House and that which has been passed in other jurisdictions.  If we look at civil partnerships, we see that that was opposed by the DUP, but, thankfully, it came in through direct rule.  Equal marriage has been opposed by the DUP and, unfortunately, a majority — albeit a narrow one — in this House.  I cannot quite say that gay...

Scottish Parliament: Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (20 November 2013) See 10 other results from this debate

Margaret McCulloch: ...parliamentary office, on behalf of the Bishops Conference of Scotland, wrote: “The complementarity of male and female, and their unique role in the transmission of life, underscores the reality of marriage as a natural social environment for the birth and growth of every person.” John Deighan, from the Catholic parliamentary office, described complementarity as the...

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