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Jersey’s humanist and same-sex marriage law comes into force

But first legal humanist marriages still some months away Jersey’s Law giving legal recognition to humanist and same-sex marriages has received royal assent today. This means the Law has now completed its legislative passage and comes into force today. However, the first legal humanist marriages are still some months away, as celebrants now need to […]

Victory! Court of Appeal in Belfast rules humanist marriage must be legally recognised

The Court of Appeal in Belfast has ruled that humanist celebrants must be registered by the state as able to perform legal marriages for couples. The ruling is a victory for Laura Lacole, a model and public speaker, and Eunan O’Kane, a Leeds United and Republic of Ireland midfielder, who have been campaigning for legal […]

Politicians and campaigners continue fight for legal abortion in Northern Ireland following success at Supreme Court

Following yesterday’s judgment by the Supreme Court, politicians in both the House of Commons and the Lords called on the UK Government to change the law to allow safe and legal access to abortion in Northern Ireland. And pro-choice campaigner Sarah Ewart, who had a fatal foetal abnormality, lodged a fresh legal challenge in the […]

Parliamentarians call for legal humanist marriages in England and Wales

In a new report published today All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group (APPHG) Co-Chairs Crispin Blunt MP and Baroness (Joan) Bakewell have called for legal recognition to be extended to humanist marriages in England and Wales. The report follows an inquiry of the Group conducted over the last three months, into the barriers to such recognition, […]

Revealed: How many marriages each religious group and Humanists UK do

Weddings conducted by Humanists UK celebrants grew by 240% between 2004 and 2015, it has been revealed, meaning that Humanists UK is now the fifth biggest organisation providing religious or belief-based wedding ceremonies and the largest non-civil/non-Christian provider. For the first time, official statistics have revealed how many marriages are performed by each different religious denomination in […]

Weak response from UK Government on recognition of abortion in Northern Ireland

Humanists UK has expressed dismay that the eighth periodic report from the UK to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) glosses over violations relating to abortion access and LGBT rights in Northern Ireland. Humanists UK, which has campaigned for the decriminalisation of abortion and the recognition of same-sex marriages in […]

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Religious groups and human rights expert give evidence on recognition of humanist marriages

‘Very supportive’ of legal recognition to humanist marriages: that was the message received today by the All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group (APPHG), when hearing evidence from Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, Michael Booth of the Quakers in Britain, and human rights lawyer Ciaran Moynagh, in the latest session of its inquiry into legal recognition of humanist […]

All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group launches inquiry on legal humanist marriages

The All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group (APPHG) has today launched an inquiry into legal recognition of humanist marriages in England and Wales. The inquiry aims to examine the issues the Government might have to consider before extending legal recognition, in order ‘to assist Government in expediting the legal recognition of humanist marriages.’ The launch came […]

Jersey passes law recognising humanist and same-sex marriages

Jersey has today passed a law giving legal recognition to both humanist and same-sex marriages. Humanists UK led the campaign for recognition of humanist marriages and supported legal same-sex marriages as well. Today it has expressed its delight at the news, and looks forward to its celebrants legally marrying many happy couples in Jersey in […]

Peers call for legal recognition of humanist marriages in England and Wales

Members of the House of Lords today called for the legal recognition of humanist marriages in England and Wales, during a debate on the Registration of Marriage Bill currently being debated. Labour peer Baroness (Joan) Bakewell and crossbench peer Baroness (Molly) Meacher highlighted both the popularity of humanist marriages and the simplicity of the changes […]

Jersey to introduce humanist marriages

Jersey is set to be the latest part of the British Isles to give legal recognition to humanist marriages, joining Scotland and the Republic of Ireland. Today Jersey’s Chief Minister has announced new legislation to give legal recognition to both same-sex and humanist marriages, that will be tabled before the States of Jersey Assembly on […]

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