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Northern Ireland marriage and abortion rights campaigners win 2018 Humanist of the Year Award

A group of Northern Ireland Humanists campaigners have won the 2018 Humanist of the Year Award for their work in legalising humanist marriages in Northern Ireland and campaigning for the human rights of women, including access to legal abortions. 2018 has been a successful year for humanist campaigning in Northern Ireland with the introduction of […]

Parliament passes landmark Northern Ireland abortion, same-sex marriage legislation with early 2020 implementation date

The Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) 2017-2019 Bill passed through all remaining stages of debate in Parliament yesterday with overwhelming support, meaning that unless power-sharing resumes beforehand, by early 2020 same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland is set to become legal, abortion is set to be decriminalised, and provision is to be made for legal abortion in […]

MPs vote to compel legal same-sex marriage and abortion in Northern Ireland

MPs have voted today in favour of compelling the UK Government to make same-sex marriage legal in Northern Ireland, to decriminalise abortion, and to make provision for legal abortion in the cases of sexual crime and foetal abnormality. The Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill, as amended, will now require the Government to change the law […]

UK Government set to be held to account over Northern Ireland abortion and same-sex marriage law

The UK Government is now to be held to account by the UK Parliament over the abortion and same-sex marriage laws in Northern Ireland and the human rights breaches those laws cause, after a new Bill was passed in the House of Lords last night. The Bill is a move that gives renewed hope to […]

First legal humanist marriages in Northern Ireland since Court ruling to occur this weekend

In June, the Belfast Court of Appeal ruled that humanist marriages must be legally recognised in Northern Ireland. This weekend, the first two legal marriages to follow that ruling will occur. On Saturday, Emma Taylor and Paul Malone will be getting married at Queen’s University Belfast, while on Sunday, Alanna McCaffrey and Ronan Johnson will be getting […]

Two bills to enact same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland pass first reading in UK Parliament

Today, the House of Commons passed a Ten Minute Rule Bill brought forward by Labour MP Conor McGinn to enact same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland, five years after same-sex couples were granted marriage equality in England and Wales. This means that the Bill will progress to the second reading stage. It follows the successful first […]

Northern Ireland Court of Appeal holds final hearing in humanist marriage case

The Northern Ireland Court of Appeal has held what is expected to be the final of its four hearings as to whether to extend legal recognition to humanist marriages. The hearing, which took place on Monday, follows on from Northern Ireland Humanists patrons Laura Lacole and Eunan O’Kane seeking to have their humanist wedding ceremony […]

New poll shows majority in Northern Ireland back same-sex marriage

A new poll released by Northern Ireland polling and market research company, Lucidtalk, has revealed that a majority (61%) of the population are in favour of same-sex marriage. This includes 91% of those who support republican parties, and 93% of those who support neither republican nor unionist parties. Northern Ireland Humanists has again called for […]

Northern Ireland Court of Appeal stays humanist marriage case pending further negotiations

The Northern Ireland Court of Appeal has today heard the Government’s appeal to the Belfast High Court ruling extending legal recognition to humanist marriages in Northern Ireland. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Court decided to issue a further stay on the High Court ruling, in order that the different parties in the case […]

Court of Appeal hearing set for 11 September in Northern Ireland humanist marriage case

On Monday 11 September, the Court of Appeal will reconvene to conclude its hearing of the ongoing case to secure legal recognition for humanist marriages in Northern Ireland. The case involves humanists Laura Lacole, a model and public speaker, and Eunan O’Kane, a footballer with the Republic of Ireland and Leeds United. The couple, backed […]

Same-sex marriage cases dismissed by Northern Ireland High Court

The High Court in Belfast has today rejected a claim brought by a same-sex couple who got married in England and wanted to have their marriage legally recognised in Northern Ireland, and by two other couples who wished to challenge the failure of the Northern Ireland Assembly to legalise same-sex marriages. The judge ruled that […]

‘Discrimination, plain and simple’: Liberty intervenes in support of Northern Ireland humanist marriage case

The human rights charity Liberty has intervened in support of humanists Laura Lacole and Eunan O’Kane and their case to secure recognition for humanist marriages in Northern Ireland. Calling the lack of such recognition ‘discrimination, pure and simple’, Liberty’s intervention comes as a High Court ruling in favour of the couple is being challenged by […]

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