VM557 – Motion on performing same-sex marriages in the Consulate-General in Hong Kong

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M557 – Motion on performing same-sex marriages in the Consulate-General in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, TSR Conservative and Unionist Party

This House notes the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has started allowing all diplomatic missions to perform same-sex marriages for British nationals abroad since June 20141, provided that the country where the office locates in does not object to it2.

This House notes that the People's Republic of China has indicated that they do not object to such a practice1, and that the Embassy in China and its subordinate consulates perform same-sex marriages for British nationals.

This House notes that same-sex marriages are currently also performed in the diplomatic missions in the Macao Special Administrative Region and the province of Taiwan1.

This House notes that the sovereignty of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is currently with the People's Republic of China.* This House notes that in the Sino-British Joint Declaration, it was declared that: "The [HKSAR] will be directly under the authority of the Central People's Government of the [PRC and] will enjoy a high degree of autonomy, except in foreign and defence affairs."3*

This House notes that the constitutional document Basic Law of Hong Kong stated in Article 13, that: "The Central People's Government shall be responsible for the foreign affairs relating to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region."

This House notes that the Consulate-General of the Kingdom of Spain in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has been performing same-sex marriages.5

This House notes that the Consulate-General in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region also serves Macao Special Administrative Region, whose regional government has not expressed an objection.6*

This House believes the Foreign and Commonwealth Office should respect the sovereignty of the People's Republic of China over Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and ignores the diplomatic note unconstitutionally issued by the city's former chief executive, British citizen, CY Leung. This House urges the Consulate-General in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to start performing same-sex marriages for British nationals, as is permitted by the government of the People's Republic of China, with full respect to the Sino-British Joint Declaration as well as Hong Kong's own constitutional document.*

Notes: 1https://www.theguardian.com/society/...tish-consulate
2https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/...1412090918.htm
3https://www.cmab.gov.hk/en/issues/jd2.htm
4https://www.basiclaw.gov.hk/en/basic...chapter_2.html
5https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1528231/uk-diplomatic-missions-allow-same-sex-marriages-not-hong-kong
6https://www.gov.uk/world/organisatio...eral-hong-kong

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Abstain. Of course I would like same-sex marriages to be performed but I don't think Hong Kong should just be steamrollered, especially not in the current state of things.
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I voted nay.

Maybe if the Tories actually wrote a somewhat cogent piece of legislation actually telling us fully what this does, straight to the point style, rather than paragraphs of guff then fewer people would have abstained.
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One aye vote LifeIsFine has been removed due to a double vote for seat 6
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The ayes to the right: 20
To noes to the left: 2
Abstains: 17

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