As expected the bill has passed. The votes for were 400, and against 175 - a strong majority of 225. Approximately 140 Tories voted against the bill and 132 supported it. This will be seen as a criticism of his leadership skills. Stonewall is pleased as the large majority means that the Lords will have difficulty in blocking the bill. Ed Miliband has put out this statement. This is a proud day and an important step forward in the fight for equality in Britain. The overwhelming majority of Labour MPs supported this … [Read More...]
Myth: Allowing churches to opt-out of performing same sex marriages could be overturned by the European Court of Human Rights. Fact: Even the Coalition for Marriage’s own legal adviser has said that on the basis of the case law of the European Court of Human Rights giving faith groups the option whether to conduct same marriages would withstand a challenge in the Court. Considerations of religious freedom derived from Article 9 … [Read More...]
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Yvette Cooper says that some gay couples want to get married. They should be allowed to do so. People love the idea of weddings, she says. The impact assessment says spending on weddings will rise by £14m. George Osborne needs all the help he can get to boost the economy, she jokes. Ian Paisley, the DUP MP, says that since same-sex marriage was introduced in Spain and Portugal, the number of heterosexual couples marrying has … [Read More...]
Tomorrow, 5th February, 2013, S Chelvan will deliver The eleventh Stonewall lecture,: From silence to safety: protecting the gay refugee? In it he will argue that the UK is not doing enough to protect gay asylum seekers. The lecture will point out that there are currently 80 countries that criminalise consensual same-sex activity, whilst five countries impose the death penalty. Many, particularly from the Commonwealth, seek asylum in the … [Read More...]
Because of changes in the UK Border Agency (UKBA) regulations gay asylum seekers are having difficulty in proving they are gay. I desperation there are at least two cases where an applicant has videoed themselves having sex to prove their claim. Prior to 2010 claims from those fleeing persecution in countries, such as Iran, Uganda or Cameroon, where homosexuality was illegal were rejected and claimants returned with the advice 'to be … [Read More...]
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