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Results 1–20 of 601 for equal marriage

Scottish Parliament: Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill (1 Oct 2015)

Jenny Marra: the campaign that we found ourselves with more than 50,000 responses—the third highest response rate in the Parliament’s history. The number of public responses was eclipsed only by those for the legislation on equal marriage and the ban on smoking in public places. For their mobilisation of the public interest, I must put on record my thanks to ECPAT UK, CARE for Scotland,...

Scottish Parliament: Civil Partnerships (Mixed-sex Couples) (29 Sep 2015)

Patrick Harvie: As the member who proposed, when civil partnerships were first being debated, that they should be created on the basis of equality and therefore open to mixed-sex couples as well as same-sex couples, I, like most members, was very happy to welcome that principle of equality being applied to marriage. There is now no legal bar on same-sex couples marrying, and that is based on a principle of...

LGBTI Citizens Worldwide — Motion to Take Note (17 Sep 2015)

Lord Cashman: .... I thank my noble friend Lord Scriven—if I may call him that—for securing this important debate and ensuring that the debate will go on. I am humbled and inspired by the debate this afternoon, but equally I am depressed that in 2015 we have to have such a debate about individual human rights across the world. That is the depressing element. I welcome all the powerful...

Sustainable Development Goals — Motion to Take Note (17 Sep 2015)

Baroness Verma: ...the goals and targets that are the easiest to achieve. We will celebrate and highlight some of the important aspects of the new agenda where the UK has shown and continues to show real leadership, not least on empowering women and girls and promoting gender equality, and on the role of peace, good governance and access to justice. These were major successes for the UK in the United Nations...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Matter of the Day: Future of the Northern Ireland Political Institutions (14 Sep 2015)

Steven Agnew: the people. We saw the level of engagement in Scotland and how, when people are asked a question, they engage intelligently and respond. That was the same in the Republic of Ireland with the equal marriage referendum. The people of Northern Ireland deserve better and deserve to have their voice heard.

Prayers: Assisted Dying (No. 2) Bill (11 Sep 2015)

Mark Durkan: ...written to me have suggested that I am being Church-whipped. I am no more Church-whipped in opposing this Bill’s Second Reading than I was when I voted for the Second and Third Readings of the marriage equality Bill. Like all Members, I come here today as a conscientious legislator dealing with difficult issues. I acknowledge the sincerity of the Members proposing the Bill, but as a...

Civil Partners: Siblings — Question (9 Sep 2015)

Viscount Ullswater: My Lords, would Her Majesty's Government reconsider their stance on civil partnerships for heterosexual couples? Apart from fairness and equality of treatment, many older people would wish to benefit from the financial security and the next-of-kin advantages that it offers without going through a marriage ceremony, which can very often upset their children.

Opposition Day — [6th allotted day]: Humanitarian Crisis in the Mediterranean and Europe (9 Sep 2015)

Justine Greening: ...WFP are having to make impossible choices about how to help the most people with limited resources, and I shall come on to that shortly. My hon. Friend also asked about his efforts regarding gender equality, and I pay tribute to him for them and for how they fed into the UK response. I can reassure him that alongside his Act we had the UK Call to Action summit, held at about this time in...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships: Equality (7 Sep 2015)

David Burrowes: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to Schedule 6 of the Welfare Reform Act 2009, when he expects the Government to implement equal birth registration.

Business of the House (16 Jul 2015)

Conor McGinn: ...8212;by visiting Ayrshire to serve as best man for my friend Alan Gemmell, who is marrying his partner Damien Stirk. Does the Leader of the House share my pride in the fact that Britain has led the way on equal marriage, and will he provide time for a debate so that the House can show solidarity with lesbian and gay people throughout the world who are denied this and many other rights and...

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?

Investigatory Powers — Motion to Take Note (8 Jul 2015)

the Bishop of Chester: ...of the 20th century, particularly in the form of its totalitarian disasters. I very much doubt that we will see such a repetition, but I do expect that we will have to face other challenges and threats that are equally, if not more, dangerous. I do not that say that because I do not believe in progress, but precisely because I do believe in a certain progress in human affairs. I will...

Health: Children and Young People — Question for Short Debate (7 Jul 2015)

Baroness Stedman-Scott: ...of childcare: the CANparent programme; the troubled families programme; 4,200 extra health visitors and the doubling of family nurse partnerships; shared parental leave; family-based arrangements in child maintenance; an additional 10,000 family mediations; the marriage allowance, which recognises interdependence within couples; and funding for relationship support. Coming down the tracks,...

Ethnic Minorities — Question for Short Debate (6 Jul 2015)

Baroness Williams of Trafford: My Lords, I can confirm that first-cousin marriages are against the law in this country and the church does not condone them—not any church that I know of, anyway. Several noble Lords talked about public body appointments. BME police officers currently make up 5.2% of police officers nationally and 11% in the Metropolitan Police area. The police have worked hard to improve equality and...

Bills Presented — Bat Habitats Regulation Bill: Clause 31 — Crown Estate (6 Jul 2015)

Stewart McDonald: ...8217;s right to choose—I accept that hon. Members have not expressly said that they want to do that—would be misplaced, but our Parliament can handle the matter just as it has handled assisted suicide, equal marriage and section 28. I wish to draw on those examples of how our Parliament has matured into the national forum that it is today. During the debate on section 28 in the...

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

Lord Faulks: ...the department and the Government in this House on the subjects of human rights and civil liberties. I share this task and responsibility with my ministerial colleague Dominic Raab. We are both equally committed to coming up with lasting solutions to meet the challenges which this responsibility entails. Brief reference was made during the debate to the so-called snoopers’ charter,...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation (2 Jul 2015)

James Berry: To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Government is taking to tackle (a) forced marriage and (b) female genital mutilation.

Childcare Bill [HL] — Committee (1st Day) (1 Jul 2015)

Baroness Evans of Bowes Park: ...that it is important that the extended entitlement is flexible for parents to access and can be delivered by a range of providers. But again—this point was made by many noble Lords—what is of equal importance is the quality of childcare and the impact that it has on child development. It is absolutely imperative that childcare is delivered in a safe, secure and welcoming way...

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Equal Pay and the Gender Pay Gap (1 Jul 2015)

Sarah Champion: My speech today is about equality. Equality is not a women’s issue; it is a society issue. I say this because, if a woman is unable to reach her true potential, the whole of society is worse off, and that is exactly why we need this debate. It’s exactly why, when people ask me if feminism still has a place, I can stand up and say, “Yes, definitively, it does,” because...

Sierra Leone — Question for Short Debate (29 Jun 2015)

Baroness Hayman: ...more than a year ago. Most experts agree that, in that year, more people will have died from the absence of treatment for malaria than from Ebola. The effects on maternal and perinatal mortality are equally if not more devastating. Services for pregnant women have virtually ground to a halt because of the particular risks for healthcare workers in treating women giving birth. There has...

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