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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...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: LGBT People (16 Apr 2018)

Victoria Atkins: The LGBT policy team at the Government Equalities Office meet with a range of organisations regularly and will continue to do so as part of their ongoing policy engagement. In 2017, they met with key stakeholders including the LGBT Foundation, Intersex UK, the LGBT Consortium, Stonewall, GIRES Gendered Intelligence and the Commonwealth Equality Network. The UK has a proud record of promoting...

International Development: Education (29 Mar 2018)

David Linden: ...our constituents. I remember having a few very difficult hustings in June with people asking why we were committed to the 0.7% target. It is important that those of us who believe in fairness and equality argue strongly for that. I know it is not always popular, but sometimes it is better to be right than popular. As someone who is not a member of the International Development Committee, I...

Bill Presented: Marriage (Same Sex Couples) (Northern Ireland) (28 Mar 2018)

Conor McGinn: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision for the marriage of same sex couples in Northern Ireland; to make provision in the law of Northern Ireland for the conversion of civil partnerships to marriages and for the review of civil partnership; to make provision for the legal recognition of the marriage of armed forces personnel overseas and of other marriages...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (28 Mar 2018)

Gerard Killen: LGBT rights in Northern Ireland are in limbo. The Assembly has already voted for equal marriage and public support for it is overwhelming. Will the Prime Minister stop hiding behind the Democratic Unionist party and take this opportunity to put on record her support for the Bill being brought forward by my hon. Friend the Member for St Helens North (Conor McGinn)?

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (22 Mar 2018)

Lord Loomba: ...than to help as many other people as possible. One of the reasons why this is so important is that both our country and the Commonwealth are committed to supporting the SDGs and pursuing an agenda of 50:50 equality by 2030. Therefore bringing together pooled resources of knowledge and skills will not only help bring the goals closer to realisation but also benefit many individuals along...


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