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Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: New Clause 16 — Review of civil partnership (20 May 2013)

Tom Harris: ...something that was not as good as marriage, because politically we did not feel we could get it at that time. We did so for the best reasons possible and it was a huge step forward, not just for gay couples but for the whole nation. I am extremely proud to have voted for that legislation, but let us be honest about what civil partnerships were. They fell short of marriage—they were...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: New Clause 16 — Review of civil partnership (20 May 2013)

Tom Harris: ...and had such a law been put on the statute book, would we be having this debate today? Would we be spending more than a few seconds debating whether to introduce civil partnerships for straight and gay couples? Of course the answer is no. Like every other Member, I have received letters and e-mails warning me that legislating for same-sex marriage will, in some undefined way, undermine the...

Pension Credit and Personal Expense Allowance (Duty of Consultation and Review): New Clause 11 — Guidance on offences that involve hatred on grounds of sexual orientation (24 Mar 2009)

Tom Harris: ...remember a conversation that we had a couple of years ago, in which he said, "Tom, the only remotely left-wing thing about you is that you quite like poofs." I have a long history of support for gay rights in this House. It is a matter of some regret that I have to speak against what the Government are trying to do tonight by removing the so-called Waddington amendment. If one speaks to...

Home and Constitutional Affairs (2 Dec 2003)

Tom Harris: ...will know that an answer was not sought to the Ulster question during those 50 years; and why should it have been? Members of this House should be elected on an equal basis. For example, I am not gay, but I am happy to vote on civil partnerships. Why should I not vote on issues that do not directly affect my constituency? Will the next Conservative manifesto say that London MPs will not be...

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