Weddings

June 2013: The HAI announced that, following years of campaigning, it has finally achieved legal status for Humanist marriage ceremonies. Following the passing of the Civil Registration Amendment Act in December 2012 by the Dáil and Seanad, the General Register Office added all current HAI-accredited celebrants to the list of solemnisers in June 2013. (One celebrant, Brian Whiteside, had already been accredited.)

The HAI applied on behalf of its celebrants to the General Register Office under the heading of a ‘secular body’. The Amendment Act added ‘secular body’ – representatives of religions and HSE registrars could already solemnise marriages.

HAI celebrants have been providing non-legal Humanist marriage ceremonies for 20 years now and their appointment as solemnisers clears the way for couples who want legal Humanist ceremonies to have this choice for the first time in Ireland. This is a major and significant victory for the Humanist Association which has been campaigning for equality for the non-religious for many years.

 

June 29th, 2013: The HAI is delighted to announce that, following years of campaigning, it has finally achieved legal status for Humanist marriage ceremonies.  Following the passing of the Civil Registration Amendment Act last December by the Dáil and Seanad, the General Register Office added all current HAI-accredited celebrants to the list of solemnisers earlier this week.  (One celebrant, Brian Whiteside, had been added in April.)

The HAI applied on behalf of its celebrants to the General Register Office under the heading of a ‘secular body’. The Amendment Act added ‘secular body’  –  representatives of religions and HSE registrars could already solemnise marriages.

HAI celebrants have been providing non-legal Humanist marriage ceremonies for 20 years now and their appointment as solemnisers clears the way for couples who want legal Humanist ceremonies to have this choice for the first time in Ireland. This is a major and significant victory for the Humanist Association which has been campaigning for equality for the non-religious for many years.

– See more at: http://humanism.ie/2013/06/legal-humanist-marriages-at-last/#sthash.rfF3jQZ7.dpuf