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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 […]

Legal win for abortion rights in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Humanists has welcomed the High Court of Justice’s ruling today that women in Northern Ireland should be given legal access to abortions in cases where a woman’s pregnancy has a fatal foetal abnormality, in a landmark decision which should guarantee changes to the country’s restrictive abortion laws. The court in Belfast heard that […]

Humanist marriages continue to rise in Scotland, new figures show

Humanist marriages are on the rise in Scotland, with new official figures showing 6,117 humanist marriages (22% of total marriages) took place in Scotland in 2018, up from 5,702 marriages (20%) in the previous year. Humanists UK has welcomed these latest statistics, which show that more couples are choosing to have a humanist marriage, reflecting […]

UK Government excludes humanist marriages in fast track review of marriage venues

The UK Government has announced details of its upcoming review into marriage laws in England and Wales, and announced it intends to fast-track legal recognition of civil marriages taking place in outdoor venues. The fast-track omits legal recognition of humanist marriages – in spite of this being the most popular change the Government could possibly […]

Same-sex marriages

We have long campaigned for a reform of marriage laws – in order to gain legal recognition for both same-sex and humanist marriage ceremonies. Same-sex marriages are legal throughout the UK and crown dependencies, and were most recently legalised in Northern Ireland. Humanist celebrants in the UK have performed same-sex wedding ceremonies for decades, ever […]

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 […]

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