Speeches in Parliament

Lord Fowler - MPs "got it absolutely right" on Equal Marriage.

At 12.05pm on 9 May 2013 in the Queen's Speech debate, Conservative Peer Lord Fowler rose to support the right of the House of Commons to assert its authority on the issue of a Freedom of the Press Royal Charter and also on the matter of Equal Marriage.  Lord Fowler was Secretary of State for Health in the 1980s Thatcher government, which implemented the first Government campaigns to fight the transmission of HIV.

Minister of State, Hugh Robertson winding up the debate on Equal Marriage Bill 2nd Reading

6.52 pm The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport (Hugh Robertson): By our calculations, there have been more than 70 speeches this afternoon. This has been a lively and impassioned debate, and one that has shown this House at its best. It has demonstrated how deeply Members from all parts of the House feel about this issue. I hope that we will continue to respect those differences as the Bill moves on to the Committee and Report stages.

LGBTory patron, Iain Stewart, speaks to support Equal Marriage Bill

6.34 pm Iain Stewart (Milton Keynes South) (Con): I welcome the opportunity and the privilege of taking part in this important debate. I often recall the day a few years ago when I finally plucked up the courage to tell my parents that I was gay. I began the conversation with the line, “Mum, you know I’m never going to be able to marry.” I used that form of words as a way of broaching an awkward conversation and I did not really think much about it at the time, but I often reflect on those words and it makes me very sad that for so long that was a factually correct statement.

LGBTory patron, Crispin Blunt, in support of Equal Marriage Bill

5.56 pm Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate) (Con): Some people say that the Bill is just about semantics, but semantics matter and words express the values of our society. The Bill is part of an astonishing and wonderful change that has taken place over the past 50 years and which has taken millions of us from criminalisation to legal equality and the enjoyment of self-worth and validation.

LGBTory patron, Eric Ollerenshaw, speaks in favour in Equal Marriage Bill

5.52 pm Eric Ollerenshaw (Lancaster and Fleetwood) (Con): I will try, in this shortened time, to vary my comments. I have a deep respect for so many hon. Members who have put their heart and conscience on show in this debate. I approach this subject from idiosyncratic principles.

LGBTory patron, Stuart Andrew, speaks in support of Equal Marriage Bill

5.13 pm Stuart Andrew (Pudsey) (Con): I am grateful for the opportunity to speak. There is no doubt that this has been a vigorous debate, and personally I respect the views of people on both sides of the argument. It is a pity that the extremes on both sides have used the language and terms that they have.