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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)

Stephen 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...

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill (12 September 2014)

Philip Davies: ...that this is part of a bigger programme called the Girl Hub, to which DFID handed over 3.8 million. As a justification for that excessive expenditure the point was made that Ethiopian girls “faced challenges such as forced marriage, violence, teen pregnancy, and dropping out of school”. Of course they do—we all agree with that—but I think I must be out of...

Universal Declaration of Human Rights — Motion to Take Note (24 July 2014)

Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho: .... I asked my wise Twitter followers for examples of where technology had enabled religious freedoms. One story hit home. A young man, who asked to remain anonymous, found me to tell me that he was a gay Christian in Zimbabwe and felt worthless—that was until he got connected. He then found many digital communities all over the world where he could talk about the complex issues that...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (21 July 2014)

Lord Black of Brentwood: My Lords, I am pleased to support my noble friend Lord Sharkey’s amendment. He has done all those who are committed to real equality for gay men and women, living and dead, a great service. I hope he has also ensured that Wednesday’s Prom will be a sell-out, as indeed it should be. I make three points in favour of what seems to be a sensible, proportionate and long overdue...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Second Reading (18 July 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Harrison: ...Church of England, after 2,000 years, has finally recognised women as worthy of becoming bishops. Further down the slippery slope, I predict, the Church of England and other religious groups will admit, admire and celebrate gay and lesbian marriages in local C of E churches and at the very heart of our local communities, where such marriages should indeed be celebrated. Let us leave the...

Business of the House (17 July 2014)

Angela Eagle: ...is a team that represents Britain, but it is 95% white, 77% male and nearly 50% privately educated. That is not a Britain that most people recognise. The Prime Minister appointed an equalities Minister who voted against gay marriage and sacked his own Minister for modernisation. It is no wonder that the Deputy Prime Minister just said on the radio that “the head bangers have now...

Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill [HL] — Second Reading (27 June 2014)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark: ...with a series of principles that would apply in the determination of applications for financial orders in divorces. I am not a lawyer, so I have come to the Bill as a lay person. I looked at what marriage is: it is, of course, an agreement by which two people enter into a certain legal relationship with each other and which creates and imposes mutual rights and duties. However, when you...

British Values: Teaching — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (25 June 2014)

John Denham: ...a snapshot of where our national debate had reached in 2010. Not everyone will support the Act’s values, which is the point made by my right hon. Friend the Member for Oxford East (Mr Smith). This Parliament has sanctioned gay marriage, despite the opposition of England’s established Church. Upholding the law means respecting gay marriage, but where does that leave the...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — [Unallotted day] — The UK’s Relationship with Africa (19 June 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Richard Fuller: ...the African entrepreneurs. We need to be the champions of that positive change in Africa. I wish to hear from the Minister on one other matter—what our Government are doing to support the rights of lesbian and gay people in African countries. Some mention has been made of that today. The Human Dignity Trust has brought to my attention two specific pieces of legislation—of...

Asylum Seekers: Uganda — Question (18 June 2014)

Baroness Williams of Trafford: ..., no one will have failed to notice the conference on ending sexual violence in conflict which took place here last week. We lead the way in many areas of human rights, and the legalisation of gay marriage in this country is certainly a step forward in terms of human rights and equality. I think that we can be leaders in this area.

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: LGBT People (13 May 2014)

Jennifer Willott: The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) continue to recognise the UK as the highest ranking country for human rights protection of LGBT people in Europe. The UK Government is a member of the European Network of Governmental LGBT Focal Points which enables us to disseminate good practice and insight from the UK. Other members include European Union member states. The Marriage...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Marriage Equality (29 April 2014) See 6 other results from this debate

Megan Fearon: ...and thank and acknowledge everyone for participating in what was, for the most part, a fairly temperate debate. It is an honour for me to be able to speak in favour of extending the right of civil marriage to those who are LGB and T. Today, we have the DUP saying that this is not an equality issue. I get it that the notion of equality might go over your heads, because I think...

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