1) What is the “anti-gay” law?In June this year Russian lawmakers voted to adopt Federal Law 135-FZ banning “propaganda about non-traditional sexual relations”to minors. This follows on from earlier similar bans at regional level in 10 Russian oblasts, including in St. Petersburg in 2012.
Brighton Kemptown's Conservative MP, Simon Kirby, has written to the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, urging him to condemn the Russian Government's treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people. The full text if his letter can be read here.
Today, Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron hosted an LGBT reception at 10 Downing Street for the fourth year since becoming Prime Minister. At a gathering of many prominent lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people, including representation from LGBTory, Mr Cameron was celebrating the passing of the Marriage (same sex couples) Act. The Prime Minister's speech at the gathering can be read in full here.
"Marriage (Same Sex Couples) is no longer a Bill: it is now an Act. La Reyne le veult. That's Norman French for: The Queen wishes it." That's how Baroness Stowell, Equalities Spokesperson in the House of Lords, announced to the world via twitter that equal marriage is now on the statute books! Read more detail here.
URGENT BRIEFING for Conservative MPs – Burrowes amendment to Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill . Here can be a briefing that we have sent to Conservative Members of Parliament, following the amendment which David Burrowes has tabled to try a last-ditch attempt to wreck the equal marriage bill.
On 15 July 2013, Baroness Stowell, Equalities Spokesperson in the House of Lords, gave these final few words before the Marriage (same sex couples) Bill was passed by the Upper House to return to the House of Commons for consideration of the amendments made by peers.
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.