Social Media and Abuse

This weekend was a lot of furore over the online abuse received by women who dare to raise their head and pronounce a political opinion. Caroline Criado-Perez (), who had spearheaded the campaign to have a woman on the British £10 note, received rape threats and abuse because of this campaign. Conversation turned to how to deal with it, and a Report Abuse button quickly became the idea that people rallied behind... Or didn't.

Liverpool Pride: Dilemma

A couple of days ago I got an email inviting me to an afternoon and evening of fun and games. I turned it down because I already had something else planned - Liverpool Pride. Now in its fourth year, Liverpool Pride does hold a place in my heart as feeling like a real community event.

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013: some thoughts

17th July 2013 saw the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill 2013 receive royal assent and become the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013. Woohoo! Wild dancing and extreme happiness...

Permission for Sikh-based marriages of same-sex couples

Verdict: 
Unknown
Proposer: 
Lord Singh of Wimbledon
Stage: 
LordsC
Bill: 
Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill 2013
Synopsis: 

This amendment would specify who, in Sikhism, can authorise the marriage of a same sex couple of whom at least one is housebound.

This is Number 22 in . For the .

Jewish Consent to perform marriages of same sex couples

Verdict: 
Meh
Proposer: 
Baroness Stowell of Beeston
Stage: 
LordsC
Bill: 
Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill 2013
Synopsis: 

This tries to clarify exactly who is required to give consent for synagogues to perform marriages for same sex couples.

This is Number 21 in . For the .

Defining relevant person to give consent to a place of worship offering marriage of same sex couples

Verdict: 
Meh
Proposer: 
Lord Curry of Kirkharle
Stage: 
LordsC
Bill: 
Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill 2013
Synopsis: 

This amendment looks to define a lot more about how a person is recognised to give consent for a religious organisation to allow a place of worship to opt in to same-sex marriages - including covering what to do if there is conflict.

Protection for belief about marriage

Verdict: 
Bad
Proposer: 
Lord Singh of Wimbledon
Stage: 
LordsC
Bill: 
Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill 2013
Synopsis: 

This amendment would look to insert a specific idea into the meaning of "Religious Belief" as the protected characteristic for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010.

This is Number 19 in . For the .

Meaning of 'compel' No 2

Verdict: 
Bad
Proposer: 
Baroness O'Loan, Lord Singh of Wimbledon and Baroness Berridge
Stage: 
LordsC
Bill: 
Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill 2013
Synopsis: 

This amendment looks to exclude the opt-in activities from falling under the Equality Act or Human Rights Act definitions of performing a public function.

This is Number 18 in . For the .

Conscientious Objections

Verdict: 
Wrecking
Proposer: 
Lord Carey of Clifton
Stage: 
LordsC
Bill: 
Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill 2013
Synopsis: 

This amendment would allow registrars to opt out of conducting or otherwise being involved in marriages of same sex couples if they have a strongly held religious belief.

This is Number 16 in . For the .

Marshalled List of Amendments for 17th June Lords Committee Stage Debate

This post is just to track the amendments which will be discussed in the Lords Committee Stage Debate of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill 2013 on 17th June 2013. and .

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