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Results 1–20 of 591 for equal marriage

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...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget (No.2) Bill 2015: Second Stage (22 Jun 2015)

Alex Attwood: ...on us. If I were a supporter of the Alliance Party, when it comes to the issue of consent, I would begin to worry about its politics, because, unfortunately, this Chamber has yet to consent to equal marriage. Based on Mr Farry's understanding of the issue of consent, because we do not agree, we have to not continue the argument for marriage equality. If I were in the Alliance Party's...

Bangladesh — [Sir Alan Meale in the Chair] (17 Jun 2015)

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh: ...Gentleman says, we cannot possibly imagine facing such choices, but people living in Bangladesh make such stark choices daily. The Human Rights Watch report is specific in its comments about child marriage rates in Bangladesh: “Natural disasters in Bangladesh, and the lack of an adequate government safety net for families affected by them, compound the poverty that drives child...

UN: Sustainable Development Goals — Question for Short Debate (16 Jun 2015)

Baroness Verma: .... We have to tackle climate change and environmental degradation as an integral part of our work on poverty eradication and global prosperity. We must also do better. On the issue of ensuring gender equality, my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for International Development has said that it continues to be an absolute travesty that half the world’s population so often...

Childcare Bill [HL] — Second Reading (16 Jun 2015)

Lord Nash: ...my noble friends Lord True and Lord Browne raised questions about stay-at-home parents. There is no intention to undermine the vital importance of stay-at-home parents. The formation of attachments at an early age is crucial, and we are supporting stay-at-home parents with the marriage tax allowance and through changes to the pension scheme. My noble friend Lord True also asked whether I...

Developing World: Women — Motion to Take Note (11 Jun 2015)

Baroness Verma: ...secondary school, and one in three girls is married before she is 18. The odds are heavily stacked against a young girl in sub-Saharan Africa or south-east Asia making a healthy transition to adulthood. Child marriage, female genital mutilation and the societal norms that determine that girls should aspire only to marry and have children perpetuate poverty from one generation to the next....

Opposition Day — [1st allotted day]: Housing (10 Jun 2015)

Catherine West: ...over a relatively short space of time—democracy is certainly alive and kicking in Hornsey and Wood Green. My predecessor, Lynne Featherstone, was well respected locally for her ministerial work on gay marriage and her campaigning for an end to the vile practice of female genital mutilation—causes that I am sure she will continue to pursue. I am very pleased to speak on housing...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister (8 Jun 2015)

Colum Eastwood: Given the very positive affirmation of equal marriage by the people of the Twenty-six Counties, what will the Minister's Department do to advance the cause of ensuring that all the people of Ireland have the opportunity to be treated as equals in their own country?

Queen’s Speech — Debate (4th Day) (2 Jun 2015)

Lord Ahmed: ...ago, it was reported that Britain’s most senior Muslim police officer, Mak Chishty, has warned that young people who stop drinking, socialising with friends and shopping at Marks & Spencer could be in the process of becoming radicalised. These are ludicrous statements, because it could equally be argued that stopping drinking and socialising and focusing on other things, such as...

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

Angela Crawley: ...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 support the most. We must ensure equality of opportunity, not only for young people but for everyone across all...


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