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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...

House of Lords Reform (No. 2) Bill (18 October 2013)

Edward Leigh: ...with my hon. Friend a certain interest in those matters. It would be perfectly possible to allow Members of the other place who were over 80 to attend and go on using the facilities, but not to vote. That would put them on a par with the cardinals. I believe that setting a sensible retirement age and placing a limit on the number of peers would solve many of the problems. The importance of...

Public Bill Committee: European Union (Referendum) Bill: Clause 2 - Entitlement to vote in the referendum (4 September 2013)

Martin Horwood: Thank you, Mr Streeter, for drawing us back on to the straight and narrow—not that we are against gay marriage either. The third argument is that of no taxation without representation. People can take up apprenticeships, earn money and pay tax at 16, and revolutions have been fought over the right to be represented if taxed. In the case of the European referendum there is an additional...

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill (3 September 2013) See 1 other result from this debate

Fiona O'Donnell: ...the people of these islands and beyond these shores. Never was that more clear than last week, so I was very pleased to receive so many e-mails scrutinising my thought process and my decision. On gay marriage, too, many organisations and individuals in my constituency told me how disappointed they were that I supported that legislation. However, it meant that when I walked through the...

Atheists and Humanists: Contribution to Society — Motion to Take Note (25 July 2013)

Lord Warner: ...of these issues regularly features. On the optimistic side, I think that we crossed a Rubicon in this House when many noble Lords drew on the views of younger generations in framing their views and casting their votes on gay marriage. Governments now need to pay less attention to the views of organised religions in the framing of public policy and treat them like any other pressure group....

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill: Clause 2 — Marriage according to religious rites: no compulsion to solemnize etc (16 July 2013) See 4 other results from this debate

Edward Leigh: ...has been done to protect freedom of conscience. We get a crumb of comfort, it is true, from Lords amendments 1 and 2, which tighten up the quad locks that are meant to stop Churches doing same-sex marriages. We were told repeatedly in this place that the quad locks needed no tightening, but better late than never, I suppose. A sinner—even the Government—who comes late into the...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill: Third Reading (15 July 2013) See 2 other results from this debate

Baroness Thornton: ...other noble Lords who have supported the Bill and I feel at this moment. I regret that they are not sharing the sense of joy and happiness that some of us are experiencing. Certainly, if the London Gay Men’s Chorus’s tuneful offerings outside the House are anything to go by, very many others feel the same. Some of us, indeed, could not resist wearing pink carnations. However, I...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (10 July 2013) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Wallace of Tankerness: The point is that under our constitutional, democratic architecture, Members of Parliament make their judgments, cast their votes and then answer to the electorate. That is the appropriate way in which we go about these matters. The Prime Minister was mentioned. Anyone who has heard the Prime Minister talk on this issue knows that he does so from real conviction. It is a great credit to the...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill: Report (2nd Day) (10 July 2013)

Lord Wallace of Tankerness: ...’s word—ingenious or, as my noble friend Lord Lester said, extraordinary it is. As the noble Baroness, Lady Thornton, said, it contains within it, in paragraph (b), the same distinction between a marriage of a same-sex couple and a marriage of an opposite-sex couple that was embodied in Amendment 1—admittedly without the brackets, although I am not sure if it is for...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Report (1st Day) (8 July 2013) See 3 other results from this debate

Lord Anderson of Swansea: My Lords, the question has been posed whether it was reasonable for an existing registrar to have anticipated that at some date unspecified in the future the law in respect of same-sex marriage might be altered. Let us consider a registrar who is now, perhaps, 45. Almost 10 years ago we had the Civil Partnership Act. During the passage of that Bill through this House the noble and learned...

European Union (Referendum) Bill (5 July 2013)

John Denham: I am not one of those who have been accused of abusing the courtesies of this House, but there is no requirement in the courtesies of this House to vote on a motion that is ridiculous, so I will not be voting on it. There was a time, not so long ago, when private Members’ Bills were used for matters of great social reform, such as homosexual law reform and gay marriage. Issues of great...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (24 June 2013) See 3 other results from this debate

Lord Anderson of Swansea: ...those who contributed to this short debate, particularly my co-sponsors, the noble Lords, Lord Cormack and Lord Singh. To the noble Lord, Lord Dobbs, I say that even if noble Lords do not have a vote on this, they do not have a vote in general elections at the moment. It is hardly illogical that noble Lords do not have a vote in a referendum on this matter. It is consistent, but if the...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (24 June 2013)

Baroness Deech: ...Clause 14 provides for a review of civil partnerships and a chance at last for fairness. When the Civil Partnership Bill was passing through Parliament, an amendment to it was adopted in this House by 148 votes to 130, which would have had the effect of extending the availability of civil partnership and the associated inheritance tax concession to family members within the so-called...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill: Committee (1st Day) (17 June 2013) See 3 other results from this debate

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: ...grounds of religion and belief. However, anyone who has read about the cases that have come to court will know that it has not always, to date, protected people with strong religious beliefs about marriage. It is not easy to stand up for your beliefs against the might of arrogant and sometimes ignorant authority. It is not easy to risk your career prospects and your family’s...

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