Speeches in Parliament

Full Lords Hansard from 3rd Reading of equal marriage Bill

There are a selection of speeches from Conservative peers and one former Bishop on our website, but for those who wish to  have chance to read all contributions to the couple of hours from 3rd Reading of the Marriage (same sex couples) Bill from Monday 15 July, they can do so here.

Full Hansard record of Lords Report Stage of equal marriage Bill

There are a selection of speeches from Conservative peers and one former Bishop on our website, but for those who wish to  have chance to read all contributions to the two days of Lords Report Stage Marriage (same sex couples) Bill from Monday 8 July and Wednesday 10 July, they can do so here.

Full Hansard record of Lords Equal Marriage Bill Commmittee Stage (3 days)

There are a selection of speeches from Conservative peers and one former Bishop on our website, but for those who wish to  have chance to read all contributions to the three days of Lords Committee Stage Marriage (same sex couples) Bill from Monday 17 June, Wednesday 19 June and Monday 24 June, they can do so here.

Baroness Stowell responds to amendments regarding same-sex marriage and schools

During the Committee Stage of the Marriage (same sex couples) Bill, amendments 23 and 24, tabled by Crossbench peer Lord Dear, sought to provide assurances that teachers would not be obliged to endorse same-sex marriage and parents would not have to allow their children to be taught about it.  Baroness Stowell responded by informing the Lords that these amendments would not provide any more protections than currently exist and her full response can be read here.

Equalities Spokesperson, Baroness Stowell responds to the Humanist marriages amendment

During the House of Lords Committee Stage of the Marriage (same sex couples) Bill, amendments were tabled to allow Humanist weddings to take place for same sex couples.  There was virtually no opposition to this idea but the Government believed that the amendments would cause other problems and these are explained by Equalities Spokesperson, Baroness Stowell in her summing up here.  The amendment was then withdrawn for the time being.

Equal Marriage is "simply about two people who want to formalise their relationship in accordance with the law of the land" - Baroness Noakes

During the Committee Stage discussions on the Marriage (same sex couples) Bill, amendments 11 and 16 were tabled by Baroness Cumberlege and the Bishop of Leicester.  The aim of these amendments was to enable registrars a 'conscientious objection' clause to enable them to refuse to marry same sex couples.  There was a parallel made to the conscientious objection clause for the medical profession to refuse to take part in abortion provision.  Baroness Noakes rose to speak to point out that there can be no parallel made between abortion and same sex marriage and that this Bill is "simply about two people who want to formalise their relationship in accordance with the law of the land".  Read her complete words here.

Equalities Minister, Baroness Stowell, reassures their Lordships on religious freedoms

In today's Committee Stage of the Marriage (same sex couples) Bill, Baroness Stowell sought to reassure members of the Upper House that religious freedoms are well protected with this Bill.  You can read her words here, including comments on amendments 5, 7, 8, 53 and 54 together with interventions, culminating in amendment 5 being withdrawn.