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Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Functioning of Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill: Consideration Stage (24 Nov 2020)

Jim Wells: ...up a steady flow of complaints to the commissioner. I will give two recent examples. There was one from my attendance at a four-party panel discussion in Belfast, where someone asked me my view on gay marriage. I looked round the audience and thought, "If I give my views on gay marriage to this audience, first, I will not be home until about 2.00 am and, secondly, it will cause an awful...

Virtual Participation in Debate (24 Nov 2020)

Chris Bryant: ...that every single vote we ever cast in Parliament is a conscience clause, but there are specific matters that have historically been treated in the House as conscience clauses, such as abortion, gay marriage and so on. Traditionally, there has been a very strong view that when it comes to how the House does its own business and orders things, it is not a matter for the Whips. Now, some of...

Virtual Participation in Debate (24 Nov 2020)

Chris Bryant: ...that every single vote we ever cast in Parliament is a conscience clause, but there are specific matters that have historically been treated in the House as conscience clauses, such as abortion, gay marriage and so on. Traditionally, there has been a very strong view that when it comes to how the House does its own business and orders things, it is not a matter for the Whips. Now, some of...

Scottish Parliament: Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill (23 Jun 2020)

Patrick Harvie: ...time coming, for me. Way back when I joined the Scottish Green Party, one of the first policy motions that I brought to our party conference was on family law. That was at a time when the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community was just beginning to consider the possibility that we might get some form of family-law recognition. In the first session after devolution, one of the...

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [Lords]: Divorce: removal of requirement to establish facts etc (17 Jun 2020)

Dehenna Davison: ...without blame, as the Bill intends, allowing both parents to move on, regain their happiness and provide not one unhappy home but two happy and loving homes for their children. Nobody enters into a marriage lightly. As my hon. Friend the Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Sir Robert Neill) outlined in his typically well-considered speech, nobody gets married setting up to get divorced....

Women and Equalities: LGBT Rights (6 May 2020)

Robert Largan: The Government have a strong record on LGBT rights, especially the introduction of equal marriage, which I am proud to have campaigned for. We have come a long way, but there is still work to be done. Can my right hon. Friend tell me why a married monogamous gay couple living in High Peak cannot donate blood or plasma, including for the ongoing and vital covid-19 trial?

Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Women’s Health Inequalities (10 Mar 2020)

Crispin Blunt: ...Deputy Speaker—and being coerced by the European Court of Human Rights to allow LGBT people to serve in the armed forces, to delivering adoption rights, civil partnerships and, finally, equal marriage. All those measures were taken with increasing enthusiasm by Parliament. The legal case for equality in the United Kingdom has been made. I think we can be proud of Parliament’s...

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL] - Second Reading (5 Feb 2020)

Baroness Hunt of Bethnal Green: ...about divorce, and I will refrain from talking about my own youthful experiences. Nor will I reflect on how a no-fault divorce would have been helpful to me. What I will say is that, as a young gay woman, neither civil partnership nor marriage was an option for me. When it therefore became an option, I—and many others, I suspect—thought I should give it a go. Just because a person can...

Valedictory Debate (5 Nov 2019)

Nick Herbert: ...number of important areas that I have worked on in this place. They include LGBT rights, which my friend the hon. Member for Liverpool, West Derby (Stephen Twigg) mentioned, the campaign for equal marriage, setting up the all-party parliamentary group on global lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights, and setting up the Global Equality Caucus, run so ably by Alan Wardle and...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (6th Day) (22 Oct 2019)

Baroness Featherstone: ...Act. During the coalition, as well as being a Home Office Minister, I was the Minister for Equalities. There, as some of your Lordships will know, I was the originator and architect of the same-sex marriage Act. I produced the first transgender action plan in the whole world and then I was reshuffled to DfID where I spearheaded and introduced the Government’s work on FGM. However, the...

Bill Presented: Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 7 (30 Sep 2019)

Sammy Wilson: ..., and now they lament that we cannot get this issue dealt with as far as the victims are concerned. The Assembly will not be up and running because, for those who wanted the changes to abortion and gay marriage legislation, there is every incentive not to have it up and running. They are showing no indication that they will even engage in talks. It is important that the Secretary of State...

LGBT Community and Acceptance Teaching — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (4 Sep 2019)

Luke Pollard: ...LGBT children’s books can have a profound effect on young people. I gave my young nephew the book “And Tango Makes Three”, which I have spoken about in the main Chamber. It is about a pair of gay penguins who adopt a baby penguin, and it is a wonderful, beautiful story that fits well on his little bookshelf. The thing that makes it so perfect is that it makes no difference to my...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Report: Amendment 11A (to Amendment 11) (17 Jul 2019)

Lord Bruce of Bennachie: I do not dispute that whatsoever. I am taking the specific issue of same-sex marriage, and on that, Sinn Féin politicians have said that they would welcome this Parliament passing a law to introduce same-sex marriage. Indeed, politicians, leaders and leading politicians of every party bar one have done so. Had the Assembly been sitting, possibly without the use of a petition of concern, it...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Report: Amendment 11 (17 Jul 2019)

Lord Hayward: ...and interest in this subject. We have discussed on a number of occasions during the previous debates the history of the Northern Ireland Assembly and a number of votes on the question of same-sex marriage. I came to this relatively recently. In January last year, I hosted a party here at the House of Lords for members of the Kings Cross Steelers—whose tie I wear with pride this evening....

Census (Return Particulars and Removal of Penalties) Bill [Lords] (17 Jul 2019)

Chris Matheson: ...about a community that is in particular need of support: LGBT+ people have worse mental and physical health outcomes on average than the rest of the population. In particular, suicide rates for gay and bisexual youth are significantly higher than for their heterosexual counterparts. It is not just the youth who are suffering; older LGBT people suffer disproportionately from social...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Committee (Continued): Amendment 17 (15 Jul 2019)

Lord Bruce of Bennachie: ...in the rest of the UK to Northern Ireland. To that extent, it is welcome. Indeed, there was strong debate around the idea that there was never any attempt to force anyone to be involved in same-sex marriage or be required to perform or officiate at such a marriage. That was absolutely clear. The law makes that clear and I accept it entirely. But I have two concerns. I have a slight concern...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Committee: Amendment 10 (15 Jul 2019)

Lord Carlile of Berriew: ...own eyes and in my own experience. I can tell your Lordships that among my five daughters and step-daughters and my nine grandsons and grand- daughters, I have one daughter who is in a very happy gay marriage to our beloved daughter-in-law and another daughter who was in a gay civil partnership and is now married to a man, as a result of which we have a beloved former daughter-in-law and...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill: Marriage of same-sex couples in Northern Ireland (9 Jul 2019)

Ged Killen: I rise to support new clauses 9, 10, 11 and 12 and to speak in favour of new clause 1 on the issue of same sex-marriage. I begin by placing on record my thanks to my hon. Friend the Member for St Helens North (Conor McGinn), who really is the very best example of an LGBT ally; I will come on to talk more about that in a moment. He is no longer in his place, but I am sure he will be back...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill (8 Jul 2019)

Conor McGinn: I would make two points. First, the hon. Gentleman’s constituents in Bury and mine in St Helens who are gay did not have to win a referendum to be able to marry the person they love. Secondly, I gave a lot of thought to my amendment on same-sex marriage and to the sensitivities in Northern Ireland. I do not claim to be an expert in any way, shape or form, but I have considered the matter...

Sale of New Petrol and Diesel Cars and Vans: Assisted Dying (4 Jul 2019)

Nicholas Boles: ...was right to legislate to allow abortion for women in the early months of a pregnancy, despite the opposition of Church leaders. Parliament was right to legislate to extend the institution of marriage to gay people although most organised religions still consider homosexuality a sin. When Parliament next debates the reform of our laws on assisted dying, I hope that it is not religious...


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