We have long campaigned to have humanist marriages recognised in law. Although some people are satisfied with a register office ceremony, as our network of trained humanist celebrants continues to grow we find an increasing demand for legally valid humanist weddings. If religious weddings are legally recognised, why not humanist ones? Current marriage law discriminates against humanists, which is against the spirit of equality and human rights.
In June 2006 the BHA met Harriet Harman, then a minister in the Department of Constitutional Affairs, and a year later we met the Registrar-General to put forward our position. We are continuing to seek ways to reform the law, either through primary legislation or changes to the interpretation of the current law based on equal treatment and human rights arguments.
Please click on the link at the left hand side of this page to email your MP and ask them to act on our concerns.