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Briefing for MPs on humanist marriages in England and Wales

What’s happening? Six couples are taking a human rights case to try to secure legal recognition of humanist marriages in England and Wales. The case is being heard before the High Court on 7-8 July. (Religious marriages are resuming from 4 July following the lifting of lockdown measures, with civil marriages to follow. There will […]

More humanist than Christian marriages in Scotland in 2019, new stats show

An analysis of newly released official statistics reveals that for the first time, there were more humanist marriages in Scotland last year than there were Christian marriages. Humanist marriages made up 23% of all marriages, while Christian marriages made up 22%. Humanists UK has called on the UK Government to urgently recognise the need to […]

Calls for legally recognised humanist marriages as religious weddings to resume in England

The Prime Minister has today announced that from 4 July, ‘places of worship [in England] will be able to reopen for prayer and services – including weddings with a maximum of 30 people’. However, the UK Government has said nothing about the resumption of civil marriages. Humanists UK has long campaigned for legal recognition of […]

Northern Ireland Humanists: Campaigns

As part of Humanists UK, Northern Ireland Humanists has a number of policies and campaigns on human rights and equality, public ethical issues, and achieving a secular state. Some examples include: Ensuring free, safe, and legal abortions for women in Northern Ireland We have campaigned for many years support of legal abortion in Northern Ireland, […]

Success! Safe, legal abortion access begins in Northern Ireland

Abortion will become legally available in Northern Ireland from today, after years of efforts to bring women’s rights in line with the rest of the UK and Ireland. Last October the Westminster Parliament passed legislation that removed abortion from criminal law, repealing an 150-year-old law that made seeking an abortion an imprisonable offence. Northern Ireland […]

Same-sex humanist weddings in Northern Ireland

A month on from the first legal same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland, Laura Wylie reflects on what legal marriage means to her and her partner, Erica. When we first think of marriage, I guess we think of all the lovely things that go along with it – making pancakes on a Sunday, watching our children […]

Humanists UK welcomes abortion cost compensation for Northern Ireland women

A mother and daughter from Northern Ireland who were forced to travel to England for an abortion will receive compensation from the UK Government, after a settlement between the parties was agreed by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Humanists UK intervened in support of the appellants when this case was heard before the […]

New Lords bill proposes legal recognition of humanist marriages

A new bill that proposes legal recognition of humanist marriages in England and Wales has come ninth in the private members’ bill ballot today. The Bill is being proposed by Baroness Meacher. The bill proposes to give legal recognition to marriages by Humanists UK celebrants within three months of passage. Crossbench peer Baroness Meacher previously […]

Take action! Help us secure safe and accessible abortion in Northern Ireland

Help us make abortion safe and accessible for women in Northern Ireland by responding to the UK Government’s consultation!  As you may be aware, abortion was legalised in Northern Ireland on 22 October, and from 31 March 2020, abortion will be available through the Health and Social Care system. The UK Government is consulting on […]

Take action! Help secure safe and accessible abortion in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Humanists is encouraging its members and supporters to respond to a UK Government consultation on new regulations for abortion in Northern Ireland, which will come into force next year. The consultation closes on 16 December.  Abortion was legalised in Northern Ireland on 22 October, and from 31 March 2020, abortion will be available […]

2019 general election: Help us get humanism on the agenda in Northern Ireland!

TAKE ACTION: Three quick and simple things you can do to ensure that humanism is on the agenda at this upcoming general election Based in Great Britain? Please see our Great Britain general election take action. With the general election fast approaching on 12 December, we are asking our members and supporters to take three […]

Bespoke and handcrafted ceremonies: an interview with Northern Ireland Humanists celebrant Stewart Holden

Photo courtesy of CrazyHappyLove Photography We spoke to Stewart Holden – the celebrant network support coordinator in Northern Ireland. He spoke to us about the joy of conducting humanist ceremonies, why they’re becoming increasingly popular, and their bespoke, personal, and intimate nature. Hi Stewart. What is a humanist celebrant? A humanist celebrant writes and conducts […]

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