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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 […]

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 […]

High Court rules humanist marriage recognition failure is ‘discriminatory’, but stops short of formal breach due to ongoing review

Judgment has been given at the High Court today in a case brought by six couples wanting legally recognised humanist marriages in England and Wales. The couples were seeking a declaration that the UK Government’s refusal to give legal recognition to humanist marriages in England and Wales was a breach of their human rights, which […]

Judgment reserved in humanist marriage High Court case

The hearing has now concluded in the High Court legal challenge that six couples have taken over the legal recognition of humanist marriages in England and Wales. At the end of the hearing, the judge reserved her decision until a future date. Their case is being supported by Humanists UK. Reserving her judgment, Mrs Justice […]

Legal recognition for humanist marriages

We’re fighting for a basic human right – to believe what we like and marry who we love. Today marks the beginning of our landmark legal case. Six couples are fighting for the legal recognition of humanist marriages in England and Wales, and we’re supporting them every step of the way. Over the last seven […]

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