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Charity congratulates Huppert on his stand on humanist marriage

July 9, 2013 10:54 AM

A leading national charity is celebrating the move to make humanist weddings legal claiming it would not have happened if it were not for Cambridge MP, Julian Huppert.

Andrew Copson, Chief Executive of the British Humanist Association has congratulated Julian for being the first MP to put his name to a move to change the law for couples opting for a humanist marriage.

Julian was the first to raise an amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill going through Parliament.

"The thousands of people who want their humanist wedding to be their legal marriage and who will soon have that right, wouldn't have had it if it weren't for him," said Mr Copson. "Julian was the first MP to put his name to giving legal recognition to humanist marriages in this Bill."

The government's proposal was put before the House of Lords yesterday (Monday, July 8) and comes after overwhelming cross-party support from peers for legal recognition for humanist marriage at the previous reading of the Bill.

Julian said: "Humanist weddings are extremely popular in Scotland and I believe they should be given the same legal status here as traditional marriage or civil partnership.

"Couples choose a humanist wedding because they want a ceremony that is built around them and their lives together. But currently, alongside the service from a humanist celebrant, they also have to have a legal civil wedding.

"The government's proposal would offer freedom to choose a legally recognised ceremony tailored by a couple to reflect what is important to them rather than following a traditional service which they feel has no relevance.

"It is so important that our laws represent the society in which we live today and this change would reflect that."