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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 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."

  • Rainbow Liberal Democrat Bird of Liberty imposed on a Scottish Saltire Flag
    Article: Mar 25, 2014

    This weekend is Scottish Liberal Democrats conference in Aberdeen. LGBT+ Lib Dems will have a stall in the Exhibition throughout the weekend, where you can come talk to us about our activities, join us, and find out how we help Lib Dems engage with local LGBT+ communities. We will also be encouraging Scottish members to support the re-election of Jo Swinson, one of our Six Saints, in recognition of her support for LGBT+ issues in Parliament.

  • London Pride 2010 - Caroline Pigeon, Ros Scott, Lynne Featherstone, and Sarah Ludford
    Article: Feb 5, 2014

    The European Parliament has overwhelmingly approved a new European Union 'LGBT roadmap' to help tackle widespread discrimination against the gay community across Europe.

    The Lunacek report (FAQ) calls for:

    • Legislation to prohibit incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity
    • Proposals for the mutual recognition of documents across the EU to reduce barriers on same-sex couples in exercising their right to freedom of movement
    • The monitoring of equal treatment in employment, with 1 in 5 LGBT people feeling they were discriminated against at work or when looking for a job
    • Protection of LGBT freedom of expression.
  • Jim Hume MSP
    Article: Feb 4, 2014

    The Scottish Liberal Democrat party has today helped push equal marriage across the finish line. In a historic vote in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSPs voted in favour of equality in marriage.

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Jim Hume said: "Today Scotland took a historic step towards the fairer society we all wish to see. This significance of this moment was captured perfectly by the scores of people who came to parliament to show their support for equality in marriage. This demonstrates that our society values every person equally irrespective of their sexuality, and that we regard every loving relationship as worthy of equal recognition."

  • Sarah Ludford MEP headshot 8
    Article: Jan 21, 2014
    Liberal Democrat MEPs and candidates have joined forces with other European liberals by pledging to fight for LGBT rights at the European elections next May. Liberals 4 Equality, the European liberal network for LGBT rights, has been among the first to back a new campaign by ILGA-Europe to put LGBT equality issues at the top of the EU agenda.
  • Article: Dec 20, 2013

    LGBT+ Liberal Democrats are clearly concerned at reports our web site is being falsely blocked and labelled as "pornographic" for some UK internet users. We understand the Internet Service Provider concerned are now investigating the issue.

    We have long campaigned against internet filters of this sort as they are likely to have a disproportionate effect on vulnerable groups, including LGBT+ folk. Today's news validates this concern, particularly as other sites such as LGBTfriend, BishUK, Edinburgh Women's Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre and Sexual Abuse Scotland have also been affected.

  • Simon Hughes MP at conference podium
    Article: Dec 18, 2013

    Simon Hughes MP, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader in the House of Commons, has tabled an Early Day Motion to give non-binary gender identities respect and recognition in law through allowing neutral "X" UK passports as an alternative to those marked "F" or "M".

    Early day motion 889, "Legal Recognition For Those Who Do Not Associate With A Particular Gender", reads:

    That this House recognises the issues faced by those in the UK who identify themselves as non-gender, bi-gender or intersex; believes that many of those who are non-gendered or bi-gendered feel compromised and diminished as a result of inappropriate gender references on their personal identity information; acknowledges that all passports issued by HM Passport Office are currently gender-specific and it is therefore not possible to obtain a passport that contains no reference to gendered identity; understands that, alongside F (Female) and M (Male), the International Civil Aviation Organisation's Document 9303 already contains X (unspecified) as a permitted character for three permitted characters under the mandatory sex element for machine-readable travel documents; notes that this week Germany introduced a policy enabling citizens to obtain a non-gender specific X passport, that a similar policy is already in operation in Australia and New Zealand and that India, Nepal and Pakistan also recognise the legitimacy of X as a preferred option when M and F are not appropriate; further believes that allowing this possibility in the UK would go a long way to amend this discriminatory policy which denies non-gendered and bi-gendered people a legitimate identity; and therefore urges the Government and HM Passport Office to make non-gender-specific X passports available to those UK passport holders who do not identify with a particular gender.

  • Nick Clegg MP
    Article: Dec 13, 2013

    Writing for PinkNews about the same-sex marriage legislation today, Liberal Democrat party leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg MP says "I couldn't be prouder - and that goes for the whole Liberal Democrat party"

    "If you've already popped the question, you can now set a date. From Saturday 29 March 2014, the first equal marriage ceremonies will be taking place in England and Wales.

  • Sir Graham Watson MEP
    Article: Dec 11, 2013

    India's Supreme Court today ruled to re-criminalise same-sex intercourse. This major human rights setback means citizens in the 1.2 billion-strong nation can again be arrested and prosecuted on the basis of consensual same-sex activity.

    In July 2009, the Delhi High Court had ruled the colonial-era sodomy law unconstitutional. In Naz Foundation v. Govt. of NCT of Delhi, it argued that Section 377, which banned "carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal", was in direct violation of fundamental rights guaranteed by the Indian Constitution.

    The Supreme Court overturned the Delhi High Court decision, re-criminalising consensual same-sex with potential imprisonment for life.

    Supreme Court judges argued today this change was up to Parliament to make, not a High Court. However, activists fear Parliament will not legislate on this issue in the near future.

    Lib Dem MEP Sir Graham Watson, Chair of the EU-India Parliamentary Delegation and Member of the LGBT Intergroup, reacted: "It is shameful that this colonial law, which we Britons are sadly responsible for, will enter into force again."

    "I call on our colleagues in the Parliament of India to take bold and urgent action, and finally repeal Section 377 for good."

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