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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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  • 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."

  • A pair of wedding rings (small) (Jeff Belmonte. Licensed as Creative Commons Attribution 2.0.)
    Article: Dec 10, 2013

    LGBT+ Liberal Democrats have welcomed the confirmation that the first Same-Sex Marriages in England and Wales will be able to take place from 29 March 2014 onwards.

    Adrian Trett, LGBT+ Liberal Democrats Chair, said "Today's announcement confirms, after some delay, when the new legislation will take effect. Same-sex partners can now set dates for their planned weddings and ensure that families and friends have those dates saved well in advance too.

  • Giles Goodall speaking at the launch of the LBGT equality network
    Article: Dec 2, 2013

    Liberal politicians and activists from around Europe came together in London this week to launch a new network to campaign for LGBT rights. The inaugural meeting of the 'Liberals for Equality' group took place at the 2013 European Liberal Congress, hosted by the Liberal Democrats in Canary Wharf.

    The new network will bring together campaigners from Europe's liberal parties to promote LGBT rights across the continent. Its objectives are to campaign, educate, stimulate debate and provide support to liberal equality campaigners. Its formation is timed to coincide with the run-up to the European parliamentary elections in May.

  • Nick Clegg MP
    Article: Nov 30, 2013

    The Deputy Prime Minister, and Liberal Democrat leader, is calling on the nation to show support for people living with HIV, improve their understanding of the condition, and show their commitment to tackling HIV on Worlds AIDS Day, this Sunday 1 December.

    The #FactUp campaign asks people to learn five simple facts about HIV in the UK. They have been put together by the National AIDS Trust to encourage people to think differently about HIV:

  • Article: Nov 30, 2013

    It's over 30 years since the first cases of HIV were officially diagnosed in this country. During that time, huge strides have been made in treatment and prevention - yet many myths still persist.

    That's a problem. Because it creates stigma, leads to discrimination and means some people don't get tested early enough to receive effective treatment and prevent the infection of others.

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