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Crime (Aggravated Murder of and Violence Against Women) (31 Jan 2017)

Philip Davies: ...the past five years, the perpetrators usually included the families of a current or expartner”. It went on to confirm that in the UK there were 22 female victims, but seven male victims too. A report by the Government’s Forced Marriage Unit says: “In 2015, 980 cases…involved female victims and 240…involved male victims. This highlights that men can also be...

Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (27 Jan 2017)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark: ...apply in the determination of applications for orders in divorce, including prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements. I am not a lawyer, so I have come to the Bill as a lay person. I looked at what marriage is: it is, of course, an agreement by which two people enter into a certain legal relationship with each other that creates and imposes mutual rights and duties. However, when you look...

Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (27 Jan 2017)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark: ...with their own views so that something becomes the norm and the law is changed. We can see the contrast from where we were during the campaigns for women’s suffrage and where we used to be in respect of gay relationships between consenting adults before the publication of the Wolfenden report, and where we are today, with equal marriage, the acceptance of gay relationships and...

Merchant Shipping (Homosexual Conduct) Bill (20 Jan 2017)

Andrew Jones: ..., the wording currently on the statute book has no effect, but it represents a historical hangover from when it was possible that a seafarer—indeed, any employee—could be dismissed for being gay. That is no longer the case, but the laws that we pass in this place and that form our statute book represent, both practically and in the signals they send, the established morals and...

Broadcasting (Radio Multiplex Services) Bill: Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Amendment) Bill (13 Jan 2017)

Rupa Huq: I rise to support the Bill on behalf of Her Majesty’s loyal Opposition. The Bill has genuine cross-party support. It is backed by colleagues who voted on both sides of the argument on same-sex marriage in 2013, including the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton). He made a very powerful case. Indeed, he has nicked many of the points I want to make in my speech. Over...

Policing and Crime Bill: Duties in relation to Collaboration Agreements (10 Jan 2017)

Diane Abbott: ...high standards. I am glad this has finally been recognised by the Government, and I pay tribute to the work of my noble Friend Lord Rosser. We are also pleased that anonymity for victims of forced marriage will now be extended to Northern Ireland, following the request by the Northern Ireland Minister of Justice. There is also a number of sensible and straightforward improvements to the...

National Life: Shared Values and Public Policy Priorities - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (2 Dec 2016)

Lord Collins of Highbury: ...to be accorded to everyone in their society, whatever their religion or belief”.—[ Official Report, 17/9/15; col. 2034.] I must say, however, that there were times in the debate on the same-sex marriage legislation when I felt the Church of England appeared not able or prepared to face up to that distinction. Where freedom of religion or belief is under attack, other...

Backbench Business: Transgender Equality (1 Dec 2016)

Hannah Bardell: ...people across the UK and, indeed, the world. According to the International Bar Association LGBTI law committee: “Trans persons are arguably the most marginalised constituent within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender…society. While considerable media attention has focused on the global debate for marriage equality, trans-specific issues are often largely not...

Scottish Parliament: Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (1 Dec 2016)

Annie Wells: ...its commitment to ratifying the Istanbul convention. We all know that the UK is not immune to gender-based violence. Statistics here are still surprisingly high, with one in four women and one in four people in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community experiencing domestic abuse. We now see new forms of gender-based violence that carry their own unique challenges....

Homophobia in Sport (30 Nov 2016)

Tracey Crouch: ...today. Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales. Much progress has been made since then, including the introduction of equal marriage during the previous Parliament. Although my Department welcomes this debate on homophobia in sport, as it does the inquiry by the Select Committee, it is sad that in this day and age we...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: People Diagnosed with HIV (29 Nov 2016)

Eamonn McCann: ...on one thing. There has been a lot of talk about the stigma that attaches to people with HIV. Apparently, in the minds of some in the House, the stigma consists of people who have HIV but are not gay being perceived to be gay. Why should anybody be stigmatised? What is the basis for saying that to suggest that someone who is associated with a group of gay people or a member of the gay...

Scottish Parliament: Blood Donation (29 Nov 2016)

Rona Mackay: ...on promoting equal rights. In 2005, discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender was banned; in 2009, same-sex couples were allowed to adopt children; and in 2014, we legalised same-sex marriage. As the law stands, no men who have had sex with men in the previous 12 months, or women who have had sex with men who have had sex with men, may give blood within the 12-month...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Policing and Crime Bill: Legislative Consent Motion (28 Nov 2016)

Claire Sugden: ...Bill, by amendment at Lords Committee and Lords Report stage, in so far as they related to UK maritime enforcement powers; UK cross-jurisdictional arrest powers; anonymity for victims of forced marriage and pardons for convictions of certain abolished offences. The Policing and Crime Bill was introduced at Westminster on 10 February this year and is expected to complete its final stage in...

International Men’S Day (17 Nov 2016)

Caroline Dinenage: ...single life lost an absolute tragedy. In the same year, 19 men suffered that same fate. No one read their names out. That is not okay. The UK has made a £36 million commitment towards efforts to end child marriage, early marriage and forced marriage overseas. As the hon. Member for Rutherglen and Hamilton West (Margaret Ferrier) point out, while the majority of those affected by...

Policing and Crime Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (9 Nov 2016)

Lord Cashman: ...amendments in relation to the announcement from the Justice Minister Claire Sugden. The noble Lord’s record on seeking to achieve equal rights in Northern Ireland, not least on equal access to marriage, is unblemished and should be celebrated because at its very heart is the concept that we should have equality and access to equal rights across the United Kingdom, not based on where...

Scottish Parliament: Building a Fairer Scotland (25 Oct 2016)

Tom Arthur: ...;s council elections through the access to elected office fund, and a huge expansion in early learning and childcare entitlement. The review and reform of gender recognition law for people who identify as transgender or intersex builds on equal marriage in making Scotland one of the best places in the world for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex to live in. The...

Sexual Offences (Pardons etc) Bill (21 Oct 2016)

Sam Gyimah: ...he was delighted to be debating with a Conservative Government the “how” and not the “what” of this issue. The Conservative party has a proud record of trying to redress the inequality that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people face. A Conservative Justice Secretary, my right hon. Friend the Member for Epsom and Ewell (Chris Grayling), paved the way with...

Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (21 Oct 2016)

Baroness Tonge: My Lords, child marriage, which is marriage that takes place before one or both of the spouses has reached adulthood, is a global phenomenon although it is most prevalent in the developing world. However, there is evidence that it is still happening in the UK and in other developed countries. While boys can be married when they are children too, it is girls who are disproportionately affected...

Sexual Offences (Pardons etc) Bill (21 Oct 2016)

Stewart McDonald: ...officers as he marched down the street. Look at us now—out and proud. There is not a Member here—certainly not on the SNP Benches—who is not desperate to be associated with the progress in gay rights. It is now very popular to be in favour of equality, but it did not used to be. What this Bill seeks to do is right the wrong. I should just say that the Government and the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Public Petition: End the Veto on Marriage Equality (20 Sep 2016)

Gerry Carroll: I am absolutely proud to present this petition to the Assembly on behalf of the 20,000 people who signed The Gay Say's online petition. The petition was a response to the DUP's move to veto marriage equality in November 2015, which was deeply upsetting for the thousands of people here whose rights are being denied. The signatures represent the feeling of the vast majority of people across...


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