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Belfast City Council backs Westminster action on abortion and equal marriage

Belfast City Council has passed a motion supporting action from Westminster on the decriminalisation of abortion and equal marriage in Northern Ireland. Last night the council voted to support the Act after that passed through Parliament on Wednesday that means that the UK Government is set to be held to account over Northern Ireland’s abortion […]

MPs vote to hold UK Government to account over Northern Ireland abortion laws

Last night, MPs voted in favour of an amendment to a Government Bill to force the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to account for the failure uphold the human rights of Northern Ireland residents, specifically on access to abortion and same-sex marriage. Humanists UK, which briefed MPs in support of this amendment, has welcomed […]

Northern Ireland abortion bill passes first vote in Commons

Today, MPs voted 208 to 123 in favour of a Bill to decriminalise abortion up to 24 weeks of gestation in Northern Ireland. The Bill will now proceed to the Second Reading stage in the House of Commons in November. If passed into law, it would remove abortion from criminal law, allowing abortion to be […]

Humanists back new efforts in parliament to decriminalise abortion in Northern Ireland

Humanists UK is backing two new pushes by MPs which would decriminalise abortion up to 24 weeks in Northern Ireland. Tomorrow members of the House of Commons will vote on a Ten Minute Rule Bill brought forward by Labour MP Diana Johnson which would decriminalise abortion up to 24 weeks of gestation in England, Wales, […]

94% of people in Guernsey support legal humanist marriage

94% of those responding to a Guernsey States Assembly consultation on reforming marriage law have responded in support of legal recognition of humanist marriage, it has today been announced. The level of support was amongst the very highest of all the proposed changes, and has been welcomed by Channel Islands Humanists and Humanists UK, which […]

Humanist marriage campaigners appointed patrons of Humanists UK

Humanists UK, the national charity working towards a tolerant world where rational thinking and kindness prevail, has appointed three new patrons in the form of humanist marriage campaigners and public figures Laura Lacole, Eunan O’Kane, and Louise Doublet.  Model and public speaker Laura Lacole and professional footballer Eunan O’Kane were appointed as patrons of Humanists […]

Over 170 UK and Ireland politicians call for abortion reform in Northern Ireland

Over 170 politicians from the UK and the Republic of Ireland have signed an open letter to the UK Government calling for reform of the near-total ban on abortion in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland Humanists and Humanists UK, which have campaigned for free, safe and legal access to abortion in Northern Ireland, have welcomed this […]

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 […]

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