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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 […]
Humanists UK. July 8, 2020, 1:01 pm

Welsh Government introduces new Bill requiring Religion, Values, and Ethics lessons to be fully inclusive of humanism

A new Welsh Government Bill that will change the law on religious education to make it clear that humanism must be taught about equally alongside the major religions has been laid before the Senedd (Welsh Parliament) this week. Wales Humanists – which has long campaigned for a curriculum that treats religions and humanism equally – […]
Humanists UK. July 8, 2020, 7:01 am

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 […]
Humanists UK. July 6, 2020, 11:02 pm

Six couples in human rights case for legal recognition of humanist marriages in England and Wales

Six couples are going to the High Court on 7-8 July to take a landmark challenge over the legal recognition of humanist marriages in England and Wales. Their case is being supported by Humanists UK, which has campaigned for legal recognition of humanist marriage for many decades. The humanist couples are taking the case to […]
Humanists UK. June 30, 2020, 11:02 pm

Global persecution of humanists continues to worsen, new report reveals

A new report published today by Humanists International has revealed worsening persecution of the non-religious in many parts of the globe. The report, which takes a detailed look at eight countries, finds ‘clear and growing evidence of the targeting of humanist and atheist activists on the basis of their rejection of a majority religion or […]
Humanists UK. June 25, 2020, 10:52 am

Success! Guernsey votes in favour of liberalising abortion laws

Channel Island Humanists has welcomed the news that the Guernsey Assembly yesterday voted to liberalise the island’s abortion laws in a move that is likely to result in Guernsey having amongst the best abortion laws in Europe. Guernsey Assembly members voted in principle in favour of overhauling the country’s abortion law, and instructing States officials […]
Humanists UK. June 25, 2020, 7:01 am

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 […]
Humanists UK. June 25, 2020, 7:01 am

Response of Welsh Catholic schools to RE proposals shows why reform is so badly needed, says Humanists UK

Humanists UK has today expressed alarm at attempts by Catholic headteachers to block urgently needed reforms to religious education in Wales. In an open letter to the Welsh First Minister, Mark Drakeford, the 84 heads complain that the proposal to introduce a new, more inclusive form of religious education – to be known as Religion, […]
Humanists UK. June 24, 2020, 11:16 am

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 […]
Humanists UK. June 23, 2020, 2:11 pm

Humanist national memorial ceremony

Humanists UK has broadcast a national memorial ceremony to mark three months since the start of the UK lockdown, to offer an opportunity to reflect on what we have been and are still going through, pay tribute to those we have lost, offer hope, and reckon with the grief, mourning, and anxiety so many of […]
Humanists UK. June 23, 2020, 10:35 am