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Family Justice Reform — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (15 Nov 2017)

Phillip Lee: ...cohabitation and civil partnerships, cohabitants have some legal protections under the general law. Parents who have cohabited also have access to the court for orders relating to children. The Government Equalities Office is evaluating the impact that the marriage of same-sex couples has on the take-up of civil partnerships. It will also carefully consider the Court of Appeal judgment...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Stephen Doughty: My hon. Friend is making some very important points. I, too, support new clause 58 and the provisions in new clauses 55 and 25. New clause 58 makes a clear point about the protection of equality rights. In the light of the wonderful news that came overnight from Australia about marriage equality, does he agree that it is crucial that we send out a signal to the LGBT+ community in the United...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Marriage: Northern Ireland (15 Nov 2017)

Christine Jardine: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions he has had with political parties in Northern Ireland on equal marriage for same-sex couples.

International Men’s Day — [Ian Austin in the Chair] (14 Nov 2017)

Colin Clark: .... I will try not to go over them again. I am a father of two little boys, so I declare an interest. I attended both their births and the prenatal classes, so I have done my best to start off well. Equality should mean tackling discrimination issues for both genders, yet there is still too little recognition of the important contribution that men and boys make to our society and that they...

Miscellaneous: Northern Ireland Budget Bill (13 Nov 2017)

Owen Smith: I understand the right hon. Gentleman’s point—indeed, I mentioned the political disagreement. Equally, however, many victims on all sides of the troubles find it difficult to accept that the actions of a few people who injured themselves by their own hand should hold up the process for all victims—including the many hundreds who are innocent—and preclude them from...

Scottish Parliament: Apology (Same-sex Sexual Activity) (7 Nov 2017)

Nicola Sturgeon: I am grateful for the opportunity to address Parliament. Today marks an important milestone in achieving true equality for Scotland’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community. This morning, the Historical Sexual Offences (Pardons and Disregards) (Scotland) Bill was published. Scotland has travelled so far in recent years in relation to LGBTI equality that it still...

A Manifesto to Strengthen Families - Motion to Take Note (2 Nov 2017)

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: ...impact on downstream welfare benefit payments and other government expenditures. We cannot ignore the impact that poverty can have on family relationships. Work done recently by Relate, Relationships Scotland and Marriage Care found that a significant number of respondents cited financial matters as the key strain in terms of breaking up long-term relationships. The noble Baroness, Lady...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Tanzania: Teenage Pregnancy (2 Nov 2017)

Rory Stewart: The UK regards equal access for girls and women to all levels of education and training as a human right. Educating girls brings economic and social benefits. I raised our concerns about access to education and training for pregnant teenage women with the Government of Tanzania when I visited Dar es Salaam in August this year. I stressed the need to look at the root causes of the problem,...

Modern Slavery Act 2015: Global LGBT Rights (26 Oct 2017)

Dawn Butler: ...am stunned and shocked by that and do not know what it actually means in its entirety. Our asylum policy should be based not on whether someone has a high profile, money or anything else, but on the laws of our country being applied equally, fairly and compassionately. There is an argument known as the Anne Frank principle, about which Lord Justice Pill said: “It would have been no...

Grenfell Tower: Business of the House (19 Oct 2017)

Andrea Leadsom: I think that all Members recognise that the Government have done an enormous amount to promote LGBT rights, including by introducing same-sex marriage. The hon. and learned Lady may well wish to raise her specific point during Home Office questions, but I think we can all celebrate the huge achievements that have been made in this country in addressing discrimination against LGBT people, and...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Government Equalities Office: EU Law (18 Oct 2017)

Anne Milton: The Government Equalities Office (GEO) has overall responsibility for the Civil Partnership Act 2004, the Equality Act 2006, the Equality Act 2010 and the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) 2013. The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill will convert European Union law into UK law as it applies in the UK at the moment of exit. This will ensure that, wherever possible, the same rules and laws will apply...

Iran: Human Rights — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (11 Oct 2017)

David Linden: ...in the law. Does it go far enough? Obviously not, but it is a step in the right direction. I must also mention women’s rights. Women in Iran face intolerable oppression and discrimination on issues such as marriage, divorce and child custody. Women have been sent to jail for publicly speaking out in favour of equal rights. They are severely restricted in Iran, to the point where they...

Scottish Parliament: Dignity, Equality and Human Rights (19 Sep 2017)

Pauline McNeill: ...parliamentary year: inclusive education in our schools, transphobia, the rights of transgender people, tackling disability discrimination in employment and smashing the barriers that prevent women from equal and fair representation in all levels of their professions, whether that be in the public or private sector or the board room. I agree that the concept and definition of human rights...

Scottish Parliament: Homophobia in Sport (19 Sep 2017)

Mary Fee: ...in sport and thereby enabling the debate to take place. Almost two decades since the formation of the Scottish Parliament, massive gains have been made in LGBT rights in Scotland. Rights such as equal marriage rights have been hard fought for by tens of thousands of strong, proud LGBT activists and campaigners, but despite those advances, discrimination against LGBT people persists in all...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Rosie Duffield: ...-calling, death threats and abusive language. Let us restore respect and manners to our online behaviour. As the first woman ever to have been elected in Canterbury and as a single mother, I want to be a champion for equality not only for women, but for the disabled, people of every ethnic and racial background, the young and the old, the LGBT community and people of all faiths and none....

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: LGBT People: Neath (5 Sep 2017)

Nick Gibb: This Government is committed to LGBT equality throughout the United Kingdom and that is why we are proud to have introduced marriage for same sex couples in England and Wales. We recently announced the launch of a National LGBT Survey asking LGBT people about their experiences of accessing public services, and our intention to consult on reforming the Gender Recognition Act 2004. Equalities...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2017-18 (5 Sep 2017)

Joan McAlpine: ...will not have to apply for a pardon. In Scotland, it will be granted automatically and it will apply to those who have died as well as to the living. That is very much in keeping with the SNP’s record on equality and tackling discrimination, whether in passing the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill or in passing the Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Bill, with...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: *No heading* (25 Jul 2017)

Lord Scriven: ...that the ruling by the Supreme Court on O'Brien (Appellant) v Ministry of Justice (Respondent) that same-sex couples should have equal pensions rights and entitlements as those in opposite-sex marriages will remain law post-Brexit, given that the ruling was based on EU law.

Sexual Offences Act 1967 - Question (18 Jul 2017)

Baroness Williams of Trafford: .... That is progress indeed. I join my noble friend in paying tribute to the late Lord Arran. Civil partnerships have been legal in Northern Ireland since 2004, but we encourage it to introduce equal marriage. There are currently two challenges to bans on same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland. Ultimately, it is a devolved matter but we continue to encourage it.


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