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"I support gay marriage. Love is the same, straight or gay, so the civil institution should be the same, too. All couples should be able to make that commitment to one another."
- Nick Clegg MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats - Pink News, 17 Feb 2010.


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  • Liberal Democrats at Leeds Pride 2014
    Article: Aug 21, 2014

    The Liberal Democrats are regular attendees at Pride events around the country. This weekend, we will be at Manchester Pride, one of the biggest events in the UK, both marching on the parade and at a stall in the expo, highlighting the work on homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in sport from local MP John Leech.

  • 1400 Same-Sex Marriages, Federal Party, August 2014
    Article: Aug 21, 2014

    More than 1,400 happy couples have tied the knot since same-sex marriage came into effect in March. According to figures released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 56% of the newlyweds were female couples and 44% were male.

    On 29 March, the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 was introduced in England and Wales. 95 couples married in the first three days that the Act came into force. Liberal Democrats were the first party to support same-sex marriage and were delighted to make it law.

    LGBT+ Lib Dems executive member Dave Page added, "LGBT+ Lib Dems' motion on same sex marriage became party policy, which helped then Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone MP deliver it in Government. The Liberal Democrats have a fantastic record of support for LGBT+ people, and this demonstrates that. We will seek to further marriage equality, including removal of the Spousal Veto from England & Wales marriage law, and progressing same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland."

  • Nick Clegg speaking at London Pride in 2008
    Article: Jul 24, 2014

    Nick Clegg paid a visit to Pride House in Glasgow yesterday to hear about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights across the Commonwealth and sports.

    Almost 80% of Commonwealth countries (42 out of 53 countries) represented in Glasgow this week criminalise homosexuality in some way. Pride House is an LGBT space set up to promote diversity at the Games and within the Commonwealth.

  • Article: Jul 22, 2014

    Yesterday in the House of Lords, Lib Dem peer Lord Sharkey moved for those convicted under homophobic laws in the past to have their convictions 'disregarded'.

    Around 75,000 men were convicted of homosexual acts under laws that were repealed in the 1960s. Legislation passed in 2012 gave the 16,000 of them who are still alive the right to apply to have their convictions disregarded. This left 59,000 men who were convicted prior to the law changing, who have now died, unable to get such redress.

  • LGBT+ Lib Dems Summer Strategy conference 2013
    Article: Jun 15, 2014

    LGBT+ Lib Dems will hold their Summer Strategy Conference in East Didsbury, Manchester next weekend (Saturday 21st June, 11am-5pm). The Conference is open to all members of the organisation, and will discuss ways to improve campaigning on LGBT+ issues both within the Liberal Democrats and more widely.

  • Lynne Featherstone MP at a same-sex marriage vigil outside Parliament (Zöe O'Connell)
    Article: May 17, 2014

    Today, on International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, Nick Clegg wrote a piece for Pink News:

    This has been a good week for LGBT rights. Last weekend Austrian drag act Conchita Wurst won the Eurovision song contest, reminding us that we live in the most liberal continent in the world. Some progress was made on the other side of the Atlantic too. A federal judge declared the state of Idaho's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional, saying it relegated same-sex couples to a second-class status.

    Predictably, however, these victories have not been universally welcomed. Online petitions were started in Russia, Belarus and Armenia to try and persuade the European Broadcasting Union to remove Conchita from the competition. In Idaho, lawyers for the state have been clamouring to appeal the ruling.

    So this weekend, as we mark Saturday's International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, we should celebrate sexual and gender diversity - but we equally need to redouble our efforts for equality. There is still a long way to go.

    The Liberal Democrats have always fought passionately for the rights of the LGBT community - the values of equality and respect for all are central to our party. One of things I'm most proud of in Government has been the introduction of same sex marriage, championed by Liberal Democrat Lynne Featherstone. It's partly thanks to same sex marriage that the UK has been ranked the 1st in Europe for LGBT rights for the third year in a row.

    That should give every person in Britain reason to feel proud. And yet people like Nigel Farage and UKIP still won't support it. Rather than embrace modern Britain, they'd rather turn the clock back. That's why my party is doing everything we can to try and stop them making gains at the Euro Elections this coming Thursday. I want those elections to send as many Liberal Democrats as possible to represent Britain in the European Parliament - because we're the people who will stand up for a Britain that is open and diverse.

    Your Liberal Democrat MEPs have already been fighting for the rights of the LGBT community in Europe. For example, they have supported a European Parliament campaign for the recognition of equal marriage, civil partnerships and cohabitation in EU countries, as well as for the mutual recognition of these civil partnerships between different countries. They have led the campaign for new EU laws that would outlaw discrimination across Europe against LGBT people who had previously been turned away from services and businesses. Liberal Democrat MEPs have also led calls for the European council to condemn LGBT oppression in countries such as Russia and Uganda, encouraging EU countries to offer asylum to those fleeing persecution because of their sexuality or gender identity.

    If you want a party that defends equality and respects a person's gender and sexuality then now is the time to make yourself heard. Vote for the Liberal Democrats on May 22. Vote to stay in the EU, vote to stand up to prejudice and vote for a party that will work with our neighbours to ensure Europe becomes even more of a tolerant, liberal and progressive continent.

  • Why are you IN?
    Article: Apr 24, 2014

    Today, Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg launched the Liberal Democrats' 2014 European election campaign. The launch took place in Colchester at a rally with activists and supporters, followed by a public town hall-style Q&A session hosted by Heart FM.

    Speaking at the launch event, Nick Clegg said:

  • Article: Apr 5, 2014
    50 days ahead of the European elections on 22 May, a new analysis shows that Liberal Democrats are the party most likely to push for improved LGBTI rights if elected to the European Parliament.

    More Lib Dem candidates for the European elections have signed a pledge to stand up for human rights and LGBTI equality than from any other political party in the UK - or Europe. The pledge is being run by ILGA-Europe- an EU-wide network representing over 400 LGBTI organisations.

    The Lib Dems currently lead the field with 16 candidates backing the pledge, ahead of Labour with 14 candidates, three Greens, and just one Conservative. Ukip are snubbing the LGBTI community entirely, with not a single candidate committing to equality.

    Giles Goodall, Lib Dem MEP candidate for South East England and founder of Liberals 4 Equality, a Europe-wide campaign group, said:

    "I'm delighted that so many of my fellow Lib Dem candidates have committed to standing up for equality and human rights in Europe, making the Liberal Democrats the most gay-friendly choice.

    "The EU has been a strong force for equality and helped to improve the lives of millions of LGBTI people over the years, but Ukip and the Tories would put that progress at risk by playing with an EU exit.

    "The Liberal Democrat record on LGBTI rights at home and abroad is second to none, and Nick Clegg is the only party leader fighting to keep us in a fairer Europe. I hope all LGBTI voters will use their votes to make a difference on 22 May."

    Ed Fordham, Chair of LGBT+ Liberal Democrats said:

    "We are proud and delighted that yet again so many of our candidates have signed up to pushing equality forwards and tackling discrimination and prejudice wherever it occurs. There is still a huge issue of achieving equality across the world and the European Elections are precisely the right forum in which to raise these issues."

    Background

    ILGA-Europe's pledge for MEP candidates is part of their Come Out 2014 campaign ahead of the European elections. Candidates are invited to support an EU roadmap for LGBTI equality, anti-discrimination legislation, and rights for rainbow families, as well as EU efforts to promote LGBTI rights worldwide.

    232 candidates across Europe have so far signed the pledge. The Liberal Democrats lead the field with 16 signatories, followed by Labour with 14, the German social democrats with 13 and the Swedish liberals and Austrian social democrats, each with 9.

    Contact: Giles Goodall giles.goodall@gmail.com Twitter: @GoodallGiles

  • Liberal Youth Scotland logo
    Article: Mar 30, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrats today backed a policy motion, "ending the Liberal Youth Scotland cruelty of gay conversion therapy". The motion seeks to end one of the cruellest, most damaging barriers still facing the LGBT community in Scotland. Shocking statistics have shown that one in six psychiatrists either have or if asked, would attempt to alter a patients sexuality.

  • Equal Marriage Demo Belfast 28 March 2014 (Stephen Glenn)
    Article: Mar 29, 2014

    Today while we celebrate same-sex marriages taking place in England and Wales let us not forget that there are places in the UK where those marriages will not be recognised as such, and where the path to marriage equality still has a long way to go.

    Yesterday evening seven hours before those same sex marriages became legal a group gathered outside city hall in Belfast to highlight the fact that they are continually being overlooked by one section of Northern Ireland's politicians. Some of the chants that went up will be familiar to campaigners the world over such as "What do we want? Equal marriage! When do we want it? Now!". But another tells the far more telling story of the fight for LGBT equal marriage in Northern Ireland, "In the courts on on the hill, equal marriage yes we will."

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