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Humanists in England and Wales call for legal humanist weddings as Scottish Parliament officially recognises humanist ceremonies for marriage provision in law

Thousands of humanists in England and Wales have been calling on the Government to give legal recognition to humanist weddings this Valentine’s Day, while in Scotland the Scottish Parliament has officially recognised Humanist Society Scotland (HSS) as the first non-religious organisation with a permanent right in law to conduct legal marriages under the 1977 Marriage […]

Humanist weddings continue to surge in number, bucking national trend

The British Humanist Association (BHA) has called for legal recognition to be given to humanist weddings across the UK, as new national marriage figures in England and Wales show that marriages overall have declined in number at the same time as non-legal humanist weddings have surged in popularity. The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has […]


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Humanist Weddings

Humanist weddings Wouldn’t it be great to start your married life with a ceremony that really means something? To tell your friends and family what your relationship means to you, and why you are choosing to get married? Many of us who aren’t religious are looking for a wedding that is more flexible and personal […]


Celebrant Conference 2019 workshops (TBC) Please note these times for these workshops are tentative and yet to be fully confirmed. Once the timetable has been confirmed, you will be emailed to give your preferences for each timeslot. Workshop 1 – Saturday 2 November Session Facilitator Description How to write an ‘About’ page as brilliant as […]

Humanist marriages continue to rise in Scotland, new figures show

Humanist marriages are on the rise in Scotland, with new official figures showing 6,117 humanist marriages (22% of total marriages) took place in Scotland in 2018, up from 5,702 marriages (20%) in the previous year. Humanists UK has welcomed these latest statistics, which show that more couples are choosing to have a humanist marriage, reflecting […]

Providing people-centred care: an interview with two upcoming graduates in humanist pastoral care

Humanists UK set up and developed the Non-Religious Pastoral Support Network in 2016, and now the network provides emotional support to vulnerable people in over 40% of hospitals and 20% of prisons across England and Wales. While most pastoral carers are volunteers, an increasing number are paid professionals. The best professional route into this work, […]

UK Government excludes humanist marriages in fast track review of marriage venues

The UK Government has announced details of its upcoming review into marriage laws in England and Wales, and announced it intends to fast-track legal recognition of civil marriages taking place in outdoor venues. The fast-track omits legal recognition of humanist marriages – in spite of this being the most popular change the Government could possibly […]

Same-sex marriages

We have long campaigned for a reform of marriage laws – in order to gain legal recognition for both same-sex and humanist marriage ceremonies. Same-sex marriages are legal throughout the UK and crown dependencies, except in Northern Ireland. Humanist celebrants in the UK have performed same-sex wedding ceremonies for decades, ever since the invention of […]

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Humanists UK calls for public support on humanist marriage

Humanists UK is calling for public support to help pave the way for legal recognition of humanist marriages in England and Wales. Following media coverage at the weekend in The Guardian and The Independent on the sharp rise in humanist weddings, Humanists UK is now asking people to write to their MP to urge the […]

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