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Appeal set for 19 June in Northern Ireland humanist marriage case

A date has now been set for the Court of Appeal hearing in 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 by Humanists […]

Attorney General to appeal ruling granting legal recognition to humanist marriages in Northern Ireland

This morning, the High Court in Belfast ruled that the upcoming humanist marriage ceremony of Laura Lacole and Eunan O’Kane should receive legal recognition, and that such marriage ceremonies should generally be recognised. However, Laura’s solicitors have now received a Notice of Appeal served by the Attorney General for Northern Ireland. It is not clear, […]

Success! Couple win challenge to lack of legal recognition of humanist marriages in Northern Ireland

Humanists Laura Lacole and Eunan O’Kane have won their challenge to gain legal recognition for their humanist wedding, due to take place in Northern Ireland later this month. The decision was issued today by the High Court, just two weeks after the hearing in the case, as the judge was keen to ensure that Laura […]

Northern Ireland couple have hearing in humanist marriage court case

Humanists Laura Lacole and Eunan O’Kane have had their hearing in their challenge to gain legal recognition for their humanist marriage ceremony, which is due to take place next month. The one-day hearing took place at Belfast’s High Court, with the outcome to be announced shortly. If successful, it is hoped that humanist weddings would […]

Friday hearing in Northern Ireland couple’s case for legal humanist marriage

On Friday, humanists Laura Lacole and Eunan O’Kane are taking their case to Belfast’s High Court, in order to secure legal recognition for their humanist wedding.

Northern Ireland Assembly rejects motion for equal marriage

The Northern Ireland Assembly has rejected proposals to legalise same-sex marriages for a fourth time. In total, 49 Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) voted against the motion on Monday, narrowly outnumbering the 47 in support of it. Opposition to the motion, which was introduced by Sinn Féin, came overwhelmingly from the governing Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). This […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Urge your MP to support legal recognition for humanist marriages

Take action to support humanist marriage Urge your MP to support legal recognition for humanist marriages. Please take a minute to urge your MP to support the legal recognition of humanist marriages. After years of inaction from the Government, dating back to the 2013 Marriage Act, we need you and your MP to help bring […]

Humanists celebrate first legal humanist marriage in Jersey

Humanists have celebrated Jersey’s first legal humanist marriage which took place on the island today, just over a year after Jersey passed a law to give legal recognition of humanist marriages. The first legal marriage on the island follows on from a four-year campaign by Humanists UK and its member, States of Jersey Deputy Louise […]

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