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Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill (24 Apr 2017)

Sammy Wilson: ...an Irish language Act are the big impasse in the talks. We heart parroted again today—surprisingly, I even saw the Under-Secretary of State nodding his head—ideas about people being denied their rights on gay marriage and denied certain abortion rights. I simply say to the Minister that the whole point of devolution is that people in the regions of the United Kingdom have the...

Early Parliamentary General Election (19 Apr 2017)

Tim Farron: I do not, and I tell the hon. Gentleman this: I am very proud to have gone through the Aye Lobby in the coalition Government when the Liberal Democrats introduced gay marriage and equal marriage, and, indeed, did not go as far as they should have in recognising transgender rights. There is much more to be done, and if we campaign in this election, as we will, for an open, tolerant, united...

Scottish Parliament: Time for Inclusive Education Campaign (19 Apr 2017)

Monica Lennon: ...that one of my colleagues was starting to fidget and shuffle in her seat. After much squirming, she explained that she had something to tell us. It seemed to take for ever, then out it came: “I’m gay.” All that I could do was throw out my arms and hug her. She had made us fear the worst, but she was not sick or dying; she was taking the terrifying but courageous step of...

Merchant Shipping (Homosexual Conduct) Bill - Second Reading (6 Apr 2017)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: ...promotion of homosexuality in our schools”. In 2003, he voted against the repeal of Section 28. A year later, he supported civil partnerships for same-sex couples. In 2009 he apologised for having supported Section 28. In 2013 he supported same-sex marriage, but it is still not allowed in Northern Ireland. In her important and timely book, The Enemy Within, the noble Baroness, Lady...

Children and Social Work Bill [HL] - Commons Amendments (4 Apr 2017)

Lord Storey: ..., millions of children are not getting the right kind of information about relationships. Sensitive issues such as relationships with the other sex, with the same sex, domestic violence, abuse, female genital mutilation, forced marriage and stranger danger are all out there and young people do not get the proper support and guidance that they should get. It is not only about...

Commonwealth - Motion to Take Note (16 Mar 2017)

Lord Cashman: ...rights. It has also undertaken important work with the African Union, delivering the first African Girls’ Summit in 2015 and working with the University of Pretoria and the African Commission by convening child marriage dialogues with civil society, national human rights institutions and traditional and religious leaders. It has undertaken work on LGBTI people’s rights, but...

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Business of the House (2 Mar 2017)

Chris Bryant: ...a very unusual moment for us. I support the earlier call for us to have a formal means of paying tribute to Members, so that the decision is not just left up to you, Mr Speaker. I think I am the first gay MP to speak in today’s business questions. Many LGBT people in this country are deeply grateful to Gerald. He campaigned on LGBT equality for a long time when it was very...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Bishops’ Report on Human Sexuality (2 Mar 2017)

Robert Jenrick: ...Jeremy Pemberton, who was found not to have been discriminated against on the grounds of sexuality when the Diocese of Southwell denied him permission to officiate in the light of him having had a gay marriage, despite the fact that neighbouring diocese would allow him to officiate. Does my right hon. Friend accept that allowing each bishop discretion in how to handle these, admittedly,...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: British Overseas Territories: Marriage (1 Mar 2017)

Catherine West: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has received recent representations from (a) parliamentarians and (b) the public on the legalisation of gay marriage in the overseas territories.

LGBT History Month — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (28 Feb 2017)

Caroline Dinenage: ...setbacks. However, looking back at the steps we have taken in the UK, it is clear that our country has a strong record of furthering equal rights for all, including those who identify as lesbian, gay, bi and trans, or who have another minority sexual orientation or gender identity. It is a record we should be proud of. It has made the UK a beacon of hope for many people around the world,...

Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Bill: Recommendations by GREVIO and the Committee of the Parties (24 Feb 2017)

Sarah Newton: ...strategy in 2010, we have made great strides. In the past four years, we have strengthened the legislative framework and introduced a range of new measures including new offences on domestic abuse, forced marriage and stalking; tools such as domestic violence and FGM protection orders; and a range of guidance and support for professionals. Of course we know that there is more to do. I...

Scottish Parliament: LGBT History Month Scotland 2017 (21 Feb 2017)

Annie Wells: I thank all the members who will speak tonight. I am extremely grateful to have secured a debate to raise awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history month Scotland, which I take part in every year and which has an extremely important message. As many members are aware, the month-long event is co-ordinated nationally by LGBT Youth Scotland, some of whose members have kindly...

Crime (Aggravated Murder of and Violence Against Women) (31 Jan 2017)

Philip Davies: ...the past five years, the perpetrators usually included the families of a current or expartner”. It went on to confirm that in the UK there were 22 female victims, but seven male victims too. A report by the Government’s Forced Marriage Unit says: “In 2015, 980 cases…involved female victims and 240…involved male victims. This highlights that men can also be...

Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (27 Jan 2017)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark: ...apply in the determination of applications for orders in divorce, including prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements. 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 that creates and imposes mutual rights and duties. However, when you look...

Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (27 Jan 2017)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark: ...with their own views so that something becomes the norm and the law is changed. We can see the contrast from where we were during the campaigns for women’s suffrage and where we used to be in respect of gay relationships between consenting adults before the publication of the Wolfenden report, and where we are today, with equal marriage, the acceptance of gay relationships and...

Merchant Shipping (Homosexual Conduct) Bill (20 Jan 2017)

Andrew Jones: ..., the wording currently on the statute book has no effect, but it represents a historical hangover from when it was possible that a seafarer—indeed, any employee—could be dismissed for being gay. That is no longer the case, but the laws that we pass in this place and that form our statute book represent, both practically and in the signals they send, the established morals and...

Broadcasting (Radio Multiplex Services) Bill: Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Amendment) Bill (13 Jan 2017)

Rupa Huq: I rise to support the Bill on behalf of Her Majesty’s loyal Opposition. The Bill has genuine cross-party support. It is backed by colleagues who voted on both sides of the argument on same-sex marriage in 2013, including the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton). He made a very powerful case. Indeed, he has nicked many of the points I want to make in my speech. Over...

Policing and Crime Bill: Duties in relation to Collaboration Agreements (10 Jan 2017)

Diane Abbott: ...high standards. I am glad this has finally been recognised by the Government, and I pay tribute to the work of my noble Friend Lord Rosser. We are also pleased that anonymity for victims of forced marriage will now be extended to Northern Ireland, following the request by the Northern Ireland Minister of Justice. There is also a number of sensible and straightforward improvements to the...

National Life: Shared Values and Public Policy Priorities - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (2 Dec 2016)

Lord Collins of Highbury: ...to be accorded to everyone in their society, whatever their religion or belief”.—[ Official Report, 17/9/15; col. 2034.] I must say, however, that there were times in the debate on the same-sex marriage legislation when I felt the Church of England appeared not able or prepared to face up to that distinction. Where freedom of religion or belief is under attack, other...

Backbench Business: Transgender Equality (1 Dec 2016)

Hannah Bardell: ...people across the UK and, indeed, the world. According to the International Bar Association LGBTI law committee: “Trans persons are arguably the most marginalised constituent within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender…society. While considerable media attention has focused on the global debate for marriage equality, trans-specific issues are often largely not...


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