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Lib Dem Baroness Barker: I regret that Parliament failed to make the marriage bill trans inclusive

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  1. Mister Fister 16 Aug 2013, 3:02pm

    What a smashing example of humanity. Others should learn from her compassion and wisdom.

  2. Davevauxhall 16 Aug 2013, 3:49pm

    Thank you so much Baroness I watched the whole Lords debate and the amount of time and energy you put in and the heartfelt speeches you gave and standing up to bigotry I was very impressed with you You were a star!

  3. Robert in S. Kensington 16 Aug 2013, 4:18pm

    Liz Barker was absolutely marvelous during the debate in the Lords. I take my hat off to her. I strongly support the rights of trans spouses to have the spousal consent removed in the near future.

  4. Sarah Brown 16 Aug 2013, 5:50pm

    I spoke with Baroness Barker several times on the issue of the spousal veto. She listened, and did us proud in the Lords. A great shame the minister didn’t address trans people’s concerns, but thank you, Liz.

  5. I Watched the Lords debate, and admired Liz Barkers contributions.
    Thankyou.
    Hope we can get this and a couple of other trans matters sorted soon.

  6. Mercia McMahon 19 Aug 2013, 12:41am

    This article is a mess crying out for an editor. The introduction implies that the spousal veto is a present fact of law that the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Act) failed to remove. Rather it is a new piece of legislation that will come in once other Acts have been amended. It then quotes Nathan Gale who is writing about the Scottish bill that has yet to be voted on, quoting his faulty claim that the veto is to protect those with objections to same sex marriage, when in fact the legislation (actual in England and Wales, proposed in Scotland) equally protects a non-trans spouse in a same sex marriage from being placed into a heterosexual marriage without their permission. It then quotes the Baroness complaining that parliament did not include the spousal veto in the (English and Welsh) legislation.

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