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Written Answers — Home Office: Immigration: LGBT People (11 Jun 2018)

Caroline Nokes: The Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016, which implement EU free movement law in the UK, already recognise same-sex marriages and unmarried partnerships. This will be replicated in the eligibility rules for the EU Exit Settlement Scheme for those EU citizens and their family members arriving before the end of the implementation period. Existing non-EU immigration rules also...

Scottish Parliament: Abortion and Human Rights (Northern Ireland) (7 Jun 2018)

Nicola Sturgeon: ...changes to its law. I hope that for not much longer will we see Northern Ireland being the country in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland that is out of step, not just on abortion but on equal marriage.

Scottish Parliament: Historical Sexual Offences (Pardons and Disregards) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (6 Jun 2018)

Alex Cole-Hamilton: I thank the Government for the tone that it has set for today’s debate, and indeed for the journey that I and my fellow members of the Equalities and Human Rights Committee have taken through the passage of the bill. Some days at work are truly righteous days, heart-singing days, days of hungry and unanimous commitment to a singular end, and this is one such day. Today, in the pages of...

Offences Against the Person Act 1861 (5 Jun 2018)

Stella Creasy: ...like to join my colleague in his remarks. I hope he was a supporter, as I was, of the wonderful work that my hon. Friend the Member for St Helens North (Conor McGinn) did on making the case for equal marriage in Northern Ireland—a case that I wholeheartedly supported, and I hope the Government will too. Devolution, even when it is functioning, does not relieve this place of our...

Sharia Law - Question (24 May 2018)

Baroness Flather: My Lords, I have spoken on this subject at every opportunity in your Lordships’ House. It is really appalling that we have an Equality and Human Rights Commission, but Muslim women have no equality and no human rights. It is really time to get into this issue properly. We have to look at the whole question of sharia. All the scholars have accepted that sharia discriminates against women...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Gypsy Traveller Community (24 May 2018)

David Torrance: ...and preservation of the heart of quartz overlooking Loch Fyne, in Argyll and Bute. Those ancient stones, which are locally referred to as the Tinkers’ Heart, were often used by Gypsy Travellers for marriage ceremonies and christenings. Although its origins are unconfirmed, one account indicates that the heart was created by Gypsy Traveller women to commemorate the lives that were...

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (17 May 2018)

Victoria Atkins: ...on domestic and international aspects of the issue. At the outset, it is worth reflecting on how far we have come domestically since the decriminalisation of homosexuality half a century ago. From the equalisation of the age of consent to the introduction of same-sex marriage, successive Governments have made significant progress in advancing equality for LGBT people, who now enjoy the...

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (17 May 2018)

Desmond Swayne: It was an honour and my privilege to have whipped the equal marriage Bill through this House. Will the Minister complete that work by abolishing civil partnerships?

Scottish Parliament: Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Relief from Additional Amount) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (17 May 2018)

Patrick Harvie: ..., it is a small step forward from what went before, but it does not resolve the on-going need to look at property taxation more widely. Secondly, the important recognition that couples should be treated equally, regardless of marriage, civil partnership or cohabitation status, is an important signal that we respect the equality of all families, but that has not been achieved in relation...

Reproductive Rights (16 May 2018)

Stella Creasy: ...of Ireland, the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Act 2013 imposed an almost total criminalisation of abortion. Ireland is one of a few countries in Europe with such highly restrictive abortion laws. The Irish constitution currently affords equal rights to the life of a foetus and to the life of a woman. However, the 18,000 women from Ireland who have travelled to the UK since 2012...

Scottish Parliament: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (15 May 2018)

Michael Russell: ...the most serious challenges that they face. Every one of us in the chamber has played a part in that, from securing free personal care for the elderly to abolishing tuition fees; from establishing world-leading climate change legislation to delivering equal marriage; from putting in place the United Kingdom’s first smoking ban to agreeing that, for the health of our nation, we should...

Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (11 May 2018)

Baroness Vere of Norbiton: ...for uncertainty. For example, the noble and learned Baroness, Lady Hale, the President of the Supreme Court, has suggested that, sometimes, open-ended periodic payments are the only way to, “give each party an equal start on the road to independent living”. It is clear to me that the breadth of views, including from those at the very top of the legal profession, warrants...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Discrimination (11 May 2018)

Victoria Atkins: The protected characteristics provided for in Section 4 of the Equality Act 2010 reflect the progressive development over time of the UK’s world leading approach to equalities legislation, covering all those required by EU law, together with “marriage and civil partnership”. Protections available across the range of protected characteristics exceed EU requirements, as they...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (4th Day) (30 Apr 2018)

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town: ...we therefore need to put it into law. That is a priority for the Bill. We cannot wait until December to give these people certainty. They have decisions to make—on schooling, jobs and homes, and perhaps on marriages and children—and need to know where they stand. Thirdly, in Committee, the noble and learned Lord, Lord Keen, who is not in his place now, insisted that, “you...

Local Elections: Voter ID - Statement (24 Apr 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: ...information of the ID requirement on their poll card. No one will need to buy ID documents to be able to vote, and the ID requirements will not be limited to a passport or driving licence. In the pilots, voters can use a wide variety of ID, from marriage certificates and passports to bus passes and bank cards, depending on where they live. If voters do not have the required ID, local...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Voter ID Pilots (23 Apr 2018)

Chloe Smith: ...information of the ID requirement on their poll card. No one will need to buy ID documents to be able to vote, and the ID requirements will not be limited to a passport or driving licence. In these pilots, voters can use a wide variety of ID, from marriage certificates and passports to bus passes and bank cards, depending on where they live. If voters do not have the required ID, local...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Private Rented Housing: Social Security Benefits (23 Apr 2018)

Heather Wheeler: ...is no legislation that prevents private rented sector landlords and agents choosing not to let their property to an individual claiming (a) housing benefit or (b) universal credit. However, the Equalities Act 2010 exists to prohibit acts of discrimination against individuals in terms of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: British Overseas Territories: Homosexuality (20 Apr 2018)

Alan Duncan: ...Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, the Pitcairn Islands, Saint Helena, Ascension, Tristan da Cunha, and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands have all taken steps to recognise and enable same-sex marriage. The Domestic Partnership Act passed in Bermuda in February 2018, removed the right to marry but replaced it with a provision for domestic partnerships with the same benefits as married...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Cayman Islands: Politics and Government (20 Apr 2018)

Alan Duncan: ...Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, the Pitcairn Islands, Saint Helena, Ascension, Tristan da Cunha, and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands have all taken steps to recognise and enable same-sex marriage. The Domestic Partnership Act passed in Bermuda in February 2018, removed the right to marry but replaced it with a provision for domestic partnerships with the same benefits as married...

Scottish Parliament: Historical Sexual Offences (Pardons and Disregards) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (18 Apr 2018)

Kezia Dugdale: ...their love of sex or, indeed, each other. Patrick Harvie’s point about our not sanitising the language or talking about the issues in politically correct terms is an important one. I commend the Equalities and Human Rights Committee and its convener for a thorough and inclusive report, and I lend my support to the bill at stage 1. The committee’s stage 1 report shows that the...


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