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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 […]

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 […]

Humanist marriages least likely to end in divorce, official statistics reveal

Couples married in a humanist ceremony are almost four times less likely to divorce compared with all other types of marriages, according to new official statistics on marriage and divorce data in Scotland released today. The data comes as a new poll, also released today, shows clear majority support and growing demand for legal recognition […]

Push for legal humanist marriages gets more support in Parliament

The push to give legal recognition of humanist marriages in England and Wales gained further support in Parliament today, after peers called on the UK Government to implement reforms around legal humanist marriages. In a discussion on the second reading of the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc) Bill in the House of Lords […]

Spar supermarket chain in Northern Ireland caught up in promotion of anti-abortion agenda

A majority shareholder linked to the Spar supermarket chain in Northern Ireland has been caught promoting a strong anti-abortion agenda which is against any legal reforms in Northern Ireland, it has been revealed. In December 2018, Ardbarron Trust Ltd, a Christian Charitable Trust and majority shareholder in Henderson Group (which runs the Spar wholesale and […]

Peers from all sides call for legal humanist marriages in England and Wales

Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat, and Crossbench members of the House of Lords have today launched a concerted push calling for legal recognition of humanist marriages in England and Wales. The call, which was supported by the Labour and Liberal Democrat frontbench spokespeople and such eminent peers as crossbenchers Baroness Butler-Sloss, Lord Pannick QC and Conservative […]

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