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

Lord Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood: .... Take the Supreme Court case of Bull and Bull—touched on recently, if perhaps a little tendentiously, by the noble Lord, Lord Maginnis—which held that Christian hotelkeepers, however strongly held their belief that homosexual practices are sinful, could not on that ground alone refuse to let a double-bed room to a homosexual couple. The court pointed out that Strasbourg...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Civil Partnerships Act 2004 (14 Jul 2015)

Caroline Dinenage: The Government has no plans to extend the Civil Partnership Act 2004 to opposite sex couples. The Government carried out a review of the operation and future of the Civil Partnership Act 2004 required by The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, which included a full public consultation inviting views on potential changes to civil partnership. The Government published a report, following...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Civil Partnerships: Human Rights (14 Jul 2015)

Caroline Dinenage: The availability of civil partnership only to same sex couples is compatible with the Convention rights and we note that the application to the European Court of Human Rights challenging the availability of civil partnership only to same sex couples was declared inadmissible on 12 December 2013. The Government carried out a review of the operation and future of the Civil Partnership Act 2004...

Occupational Pensions: Survivor Benefits — Question (13 Jul 2015)

Lord Cashman: My Lords, does the Minister agree that this issue of equality should have been dealt with prior to the Civil Partnership Act and the same-sex marriage Act? People who survive their partners are having to cope at the time of death with appalling inequality, which should be unacceptable. Will the Minister act with expertise and expedite this matter urgently?

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

Lord Lexden: ...noble Lord, Lord Lester, recently stressed in a fine lecture, is that publishers have to meet different standards in different parts of the country, even though free speech is a fundamental right. Ought not a fundamental right to be given effect in the same way throughout the realm? As things stand, Northern Ireland seems destined to stand apart from the United Kingdom for years to come....

Business of the House (25 Jun 2015)

Diana R. Johnson: During the passage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, Rev. Melvin Tinker in Hull told me that if I supported it, he would instruct his congregation not to vote for me. That might have something to do with why my majority went from 641 to 12,899. However, this weekend he has equated homosexuality with paedophilia and put it in the same category. May we please have a debate in...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Embassies: Marriage (23 Jun 2015)

Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many same-sex couples have married in UK Consulates under the Consular Marriage and Marriages under Foreign Law Order 2014 in each country.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Viral Diseases (9 Jun 2015)

Michael Fabricant: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what comparative research his Department has made on the incidence of Hepatitis B and HIV infection in the population of (a) men who have sex with men (MSM) and (b) the MSM population in civil partnerships or same sex marriages; what assessment his Department has made on this incidence in respect of the safety of blood donation; and if he will make a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Health and Social Care (2 Jun 2015)

Angela Crawley: .... I was lucky to have strong role models and to access education based on the ability to learn, not the ability to pay. I would like to ensure that all young people across these islands have that same opportunity. Unfortunately, the story of poverty still echoes throughout many parts of my constituency today. Inequality and a lack of prospects for young people are crippling those who need...

Humanist Marriages — Question (2 Jun 2015)

Lord Faulks: I understand what my noble friend says about the approach to marriage which this House approved in the Marriages (Same Sex Couples) Act. It was a significant achievement of the Government. I understand the sense of frustration that he may feel that the Government are not moving swiftly enough. I assure my noble friend that while due speed will be shown in looking at this, because of the wider...

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

Lord Faulks: ...to the power that the Secretary of State has to consider responding to the challenge that IPP prisoners face. Of course, he and the House will be aware that a Secretary of State has to consider the individual and their tariff sentence but at the same time has to be minded about the Parole Board’s assessment of whether any individual may be a risk if released into society. It is...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (1st Day) (27 May 2015)

Lord Wallace of Tankerness: ..., on becoming Deputy Leader of this House; he is a paragon of calm in what I am sure will sometimes be stormy waters. Before working with the noble Baroness, Lady Stowell, as Deputy Leader, we worked closely together as we steered the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill through your Lordships’ House. I am sure she agrees that it is one of our proudest achievements in ministerial office...

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

Debate resumed on motion: That this Assembly welcomes the marriage equality referendum in the South of Ireland; notes that a growing number of Parliaments across the world have embraced, and legislated for, marriage equality; respects the rights of the religious institutions to define, observe and practise marriage within their beliefs; and calls on the Executive to legislate for marriage...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister: Homophobic Remarks: DUP (27 Apr 2015)

Peter Robinson: ...equally subject to it. This party will defend the legal rights of everyone in our community and promote equality of opportunity. My party opposes any form of discrimination, whether it relates to sexual orientation or any other issue. In articulating public policy, we are mindful — I trust that every section of the House will be mindful — of the need for it to be conducted...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister: Sexual Orientation Strategy: Dragged Out (27 Apr 2015)

Peter Robinson: Again, we come back to the definition of marriage. I suspect that the Assembly discussed that for some considerable time before Question Time began. The definition of marriage that many of us recognise is that it is an ordinance handed down by God for the procreation of children to ensure that a man and a woman can get married. If there is a same-sex relationship, that is catered for...

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

Simon Hamilton: ...: "It's like déjà vu all over again." I know how he felt. This is the fourth time this subject has been debated in this Assembly term, and it is déjà vu all over again. Effectively, it is the same motion, tabled by the same people, with the same MLAs speaking, saying the same things, with most probably the same outcome. I note that the call to action in the motion is...

Modern Slavery Bill — Commons Amendments (25 Mar 2015)

Lord Deben: ...serious faults in this amendment which need to be considered. My worry is simply this. This Bill is one of the Bills in the last five years which makes one proud to be part of the legislative process. The same-sex marriage Bill, the decision to give a very fixed amount of money to developing countries as an absolute necessity and now this Bill have shown this country in a remarkable light....

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Civil Partnerships (25 Mar 2015)

Lord Black of Brentwood: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many civil partnerships have been registered since the commencement of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013.

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

Crispin Blunt: ...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 non-governmental...

Violence against Women and Girls — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (12 Mar 2015)

Karen Bradley: ...and girls ruins lives and has a devastating impact on victims and their families. The Government have taken strong measures to tackle all forms of violence and abuse, including domestic violence, sexual violence, forced marriage, female genital mutilation and stalking. Too many women have been subjected to unacceptable violence. We have heard in contributions to this debate some powerful...


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