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Electoral Reform (Proportional Representation and Reduction of Voting Age) (20 Jul 2016)

Caroline Lucas: ...that better reflects modern Britain. Only 29% of MPs are women and although that is more than ever before, it still not right when women make up just over half the country’s adult population. People of colour, disabled people, carers, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender—LGBT—people are still under-represented in Parliament. I think that would change under PR,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Jul 2016)

David Cameron: ...said about Shaker Aamer. That was a case that this Government raised again and again with the US Government, and we are pleased that it has been resolved. I thank him also for what he said about equal marriage. There are 30,000 gay people in our country who, in the past six years, have been able to get married. That is real progress. I will never forget the day at No. 10 when one of the...

EU Foreign and Security Strategy (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (7 Jun 2016)

Lord Collins of Highbury: ...was still in power and garrotting people who he disliked or who opposed his control of Spain. But we have changed substantially since then: I spent the weekend in Spain with my husband, celebrating the marriage of a gay couple. Can we imagine that ever happening in 1973 under Franco? Do we think that this has happened by accident? It has not. It has happened by engagement—by...

Mental Health: Ensuring Equal Access to Mental and Physical Healthcare - Motion to Take Note (26 May 2016)

Lord Tunnicliffe: ..., which makes early diagnosis and treatment possible. We have a similar situation with gender issues, which the noble Lord, Lord Oates, spoke about—the culmination, I think, of the new liberal world and gay marriage. The noble Lord, Lord Oates, touched on the issue of talking therapies. I seek assurance from the Minister that the provision of training for talking therapies is not...

Scottish Parliament: Taking Scotland Forward (25 May 2016)

Annie Wells: .... As I alluded to earlier, much progress has been made in tackling inequalities. However, I am keenly aware that there are still hurdles to overcome. In particular, I believe that more action can be taken to address lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender discrimination. For instance, I would like school inspections to ask specifically about school action on LGBT issues, as opposed to...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) (23 May 2016)

Lord Collins of Highbury: ...own legal and moral obligations. The EU has played a vital role in protecting human rights globally. One significant area for me has been its part in protecting LGBTI rights by implementing anti-discrimination laws, recognising and promoting same-sex marriage, and funding work that fights discrimination. While the Government have spoken up strongly for the rights of lesbian and gay...

Church Commissioners: Same Sex Marriage: Clergy (5 May 2016)

Cat Smith: I thank the right hon. Lady for her answer. She will be aware that many people feel called to ministry, including, naturally, many people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. Although Church of England policies protect heterosexual couples if they are in a marriage by not taking their status into account when it comes to jobs within the Church, the same is not true for those who...

Women and Equalities: LGBT Young People (14 Apr 2016)

Michael Fabricant: This Government, and the Prime Minister in particular, have done great things for equality for LGBT people, particularly with regard to gay marriage, but there is one area of terrible inequality—at least one. A promiscuous straight man can have sex with different women every night, and yet that man can give blood. A gay guy can be in a monogamous relationship, and yet he is completely...

Written Answers — Home Office: Domestic Violence (15 Mar 2016)

Karen Bradley: ...women and girls from violence. This increased funding will help to deliver our goal to work with local commissioners to deliver a secure future for rape support centres, refuges and FGM and Forced Marriage Units, whilst driving a major change across all services which promotes early intervention and prevention. The Strategy identifies that some sectors of society can experience multiple...

EU Membership (Audit of Costs and Benefits) Bill (26 Feb 2016)

Edward Leigh: ...debate about what is going on, because most people in the House of Commons are blind to it. Naturally, as Members of Parliament, we are all much more interested in the great debates about assisted dying, gay marriage or hunting, or even about whether to stay in the EU or leave it, or whether to bomb Syria. We are much more concerned about those issues than about the detailed nitty-gritty...

[Mrs Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Preventing Violence Against Women: Role of Men (4 Feb 2016)

Karen Bradley: ...in correspondence. It is important to reflect that—the hon. Member for Paisley and Renfrewshire North started with this—both women and men may be victims of domestic or sexual violence, forced marriage or stalking. It is also important that the response for all victims is as good as it can be. The hon. Member for Lanark and Hamilton East (Angela Crawley) talked about lesbian,...

Backbench Business — Childhood Obesity Strategy: Holocaust Memorial Day (21 Jan 2016)

Wes Streeting: ...persecution they experienced as a result of being different. Among them were those who were branded with the pink triangle, the Nazi mark of the homosexual. Like other victims of the Nazi holocaust, gay men and women were rounded up by the Gestapo. Many were imprisoned, and some were castrated and subjected to cruel medical experiments. Others met their end in the gas chambers of the death...

Marriage: Humanist Ceremonies — Question (21 Jan 2016)

Baroness Thornton: I thank the Minister for his Answer. He will understand why I keep returning to this because Scotland is a long way for one to go for one’s children to have a humanist marriage. Two gay people can now marry in a church but they cannot have a humanist wedding in England and Wales. It is two and a half years since this House agreed that it thought that should happen. Can the Minister say...

HIV and AIDS — Question for Short Debate (18 Jan 2016)

Lord Cashman: ...the noble Baroness, Lady Barker, and the all-party parliamentary group under the chairmanship of Pamela Nash, I want to make a personal statement of thanks to the noble Lord, Lord Fowler. As a gay man growing up in the 1980s, I think many people on other continents and some in this country thought that we were a group of people who were expendable, but because of the noble Lord’s...

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting — Motion to Take Note (17 Dec 2015)

Lord Luce: ...people to engage with a range of issues in a pan-Commonwealth context. The excellent Commonwealth of Learning uses distance learning to promote education, working, for example, towards eradicating child, early and forced marriage. I welcome the support from the Heads of Government for the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan. Since the scheme began in 1959, 30,000 people have held...

Human Rights: UK Application — Question (18 Nov 2015)

Lord Lexden: Why should my gay friends in Belfast be denied the right to marry one another if they wish to do so, while my gay friends in London can exercise that right? The first civil partnership in the United Kingdom took place in Belfast, but a same-sex marriage is impossible there. Has the time not come to review the scope and extent of the so-called Sewel convention, under which this wholly unfair...

Church Commissioners: Jeremy Pemberton (5 Nov 2015)

Sharon Hodgson: The Church of England has made many strides forward in the acceptance of gay unions among its clergy, especially in the acceptance of civil partnerships. As we have heard, despite that evolution, there are clear discrepancies in how the Church treats gay clergy who enter into a civil marriage. Will the right hon. Lady therefore speak to Church leaders to resolve such matters so that gay...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Marriage Equality (2 Nov 2015)

Caitriona Ruane: What we are calling for today is marriage equality in civil marriage. That debate is one for people in the various Churches. Let us not be diverted; let us not have a red-herring debate. That is a debate for the Churches. Every party in the Assembly that votes yes is absolutely clear that yes voters support freedom of religion by allowing religious institutions to define, observe and...

Finance Bill (Ways and Means) (Payment of Corporation Tax): New Clause 9 — Inheritance tax review (26 Oct 2015)

Rob Marris: .... For example, the Labour Government introduced civil partnership legislation, which I welcome—it is possible this Parliament will extend that to opposite-sex couples—and, commendably, in the last Parliament gay marriage was put on to the statute book. Those are concrete examples, dealt with by this House, of the fluidity and changing nature of family structures, but the...

Bill Presented — Sugar in Food and Drinks (Targets, Labelling and Advertising) Bill: Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Amendment) (21 Oct 2015)

Tim Loughton: ...in the Chamber will have spotted that this Bill has form. It is identical to the Bill I brought before the House last year, and it mirrors the amendment I proposed during the report stage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in May 2013. My Bill therefore makes its hat-trick appearance today, unencumbered by any other legislation, in the hope that it will be third time lucky and will...


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