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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...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Marriage Equality (29 April 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Caitriona Ruane: I beg to move That this Assembly notes that other jurisdictions on these islands have moved forward with equal marriage rights for same-sex couples; believes that all couples, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, should have the same legal entitlement to marry and to the protections, rights, obligations and benefits afforded by the legal institution of marriage; supports freedom of...

Public Administration Select Committee: Backbench Business — Easter Adjournment (10 April 2014)

Edward Leigh: ...and free, and with more control over the Executive. The primary system opens up the relevance of MPs to their own people. This is not an appropriate moment to talk about the issues I sometimes mention, but everybody knows that I may have my own views on gay marriage, overseas development and wind farms being put in my constituency through a very generous subsidy system. I may also have my...

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...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Clause 11 — Tax relief for married couples and civil partners (9 April 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

David Gauke: ...allowance would be increased even further in 2015-16. That means that more people will now be able to gain from the measure and by a higher amount. Let me remind the Committee of the purpose of the policy. Marriage is an important institution in this country and I have been struck by the contributions from both sides recognising that point. The hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne North...

LGBT Rights (Uganda) (2 April 2014) See 4 other results from this debate

Hugo Swire: ...in respect of sexual orientation and gender identity is a welcome step. Let me conclude by saying that I believe the Government’s record on promoting LGBT rights is second to none. This week we have seen the first gay marriages in the UK take place. I am proud that last Saturday I attended one of the first same-sex marriages in the UK, between the excellent mayor of Exmouth, John...

[Hugh Bayley in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Commonwealth Day (13 March 2014)

Kerry McCarthy: ...of corrective rape and discrimination against LGBT people, but the law sets a strong framework. Other countries are not making such good progress, however. The Australian High Court recently overturned legislation in Parliament allowing for same-sex marriages. India has recriminalised homosexuality following its Supreme Court reinstating in December a ban on same-sex relationships—a...

Assisted Suicide — Question for Short Debate (5 March 2014)

Lord Warner: ...their exit from the world. I gently suggest to them that they are on the wrong side of history on this issue and that they risk ending up like the opponents of abortion, of the abolition of hanging and of gay marriage in a kind of “Jurassic Park” civil society.

Consular Marriages and Marriages under Foreign Law Order 2014 — Motions to Approve (27 February 2014) See 5 other results from this debate

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...

Business of the House: Parliamentary Representation (27 February 2014)

Margot James: ...progress. I thank you, Mr Speaker, for your support for all that work, which I hope will continue. I will say a little bit about the sort of changes that we can make when we get here. The number of lesbian and gay people on our Benches now makes quite a big difference. Ministers across all Departments are very busy people. I am glad to say that all the Ministers I know are fully committed...

Immigration Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (10 February 2014)

Baroness Barker: ...reduced to passing laws on the basis of what the Daily Mail might think is the truth. In the time available to me, I shall pass on to one other issue. I thank the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Leicester for his thoughtful speech. On the issue of sham marriages and civil partnerships, I understand that the Government believe that there are between 4,000 and 10,000—we are back...

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