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Massive rise in non-religious identity in Northern Ireland

The share of adults in Northern Ireland with no religion is surging, according to the latest data from the Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey. The results of the 2020 survey have been published today. 27% of respondents said they had no religion – an increase of 7% on 2019. This latest surge means that […]

Humanist marriages gain legal recognition in Guernsey

Humanist marriages have gained legal recognition in Guernsey, and Gary Vaudin, the first humanist celebrant, has been authorised to perform and solemnise marriage ceremonies throughout the Bailiwick. Channel Islands Humanists has expressed delight at the news. A humanist wedding is a non-religious ceremony conducted by a humanist celebrant who shares the beliefs and values of […]

Legal action over failure to commission abortion services in Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has started legal action against the Department of Health for Northern Ireland, the NI Executive, and Secretary of State, over Department’s failure to commission abortion services following its decriminalisation in Northern Ireland almost one year ago. Abortion was removed from criminal law in Northern Ireland on 31 March 2020. […]

Humanist couples most hurt by Northern Ireland Covid lockdown wedding rules

Update, 11 December: Venues are now able to reopen, with humanist marriages once again being treated the same as religious and civil marriages. Original story:New two-week lockdown rules that came into force in Northern Ireland on Friday are causing serious, disproportionate disruption for couples having humanist marriages. This is because they require the vast majority […]

Humanist marriage law passes in Guernsey

A new Law in Guernsey that will give legal recognition to humanist marriages has received Royal Sanction, meaning that it has completed its legislative passage and is now certain to come into force. The Marriage (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law 2020 is due to come into effect on 1 March, and is expected to do so […]

Humanist weddings in Wales banned during firebreak lockdown, while religious marriages can continue

The Welsh Government has told Wales Humanists that during the firebreak lockdown, which started on Friday evening and is due to run until 8 November, humanist weddings will not be allowed to continue. By contrast, religious and civil marriages are allowed to occur, with places of worship and registry offices able to stay open for […]

Rehman Chishti MP to introduce Humanist Marriage Bill in Commons

Conservative MP Rehman Chishti, who was until last month the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief, is introducing a Bill to the House of Commons today to bring about legal recognition of humanist marriages in England and Wales, with cross-party backing. The Marriage (Authorised Belief Organisations) Bill, if it becomes law, […]

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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. Over the last seven years, we’ve campaigned tirelessly for legal recognition of our ceremonies. We’ve built a strong case. And with you by our side, we’re confident we can win. Humanist marriages are already recognised in Scotland, […]

Couples head to High Court over legal recognition of humanist marriages in England and Wales

Six couples are at the High Court today to take a landmark challenge over the legal recognition of humanist marriages in England and Wales. Their case is being supported by Humanists UK. The humanist couples are taking the case to try to compel the UK Government to change the law to recognise humanist weddings as […]

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