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Humanist Marriages

EDM number 590 in 2014-15, proposed by Julian Huppert on 02/12/2014.
Categorised under the topic of Marriage.

That this House supports humanists and their right to a legal marriage ceremony which reflects their beliefs and is performed by someone who shares them; urges the Government to lay down regulations for legislation of humanist marriage in a timely manner; notes that this would be a modest reform in line with existing marriage laws for Jews and Quakers and not a fundamental change; recalls the Government's pledge to support strong and stable families and its support for the institution of marriage; believes humanist marriage would greatly strengthen families in England and Wales by allowing couples to start their lives together in a deeply meaningful and personal ceremony; further notes the experience of humanist marriage in Scotland where its introduction led to a net increase in marriage in the context of a general decline; and encourages the Government to support humanists' rights to have independent legal wedding ceremonies outside registry offices like those allowed for persons of religious belief.

This motion has been signed by a total of 64 MPs.

MPDateConstituencyPartyType
Julian Huppert02/12/2014CambridgeLiberal DemocratProposed
Peter Bottomley02/12/2014Worthing WestConservativeSeconded
Virendra Sharma03/12/2014Ealing, SouthallLabourSeconded
Kelvin Hopkins03/12/2014Luton NorthLabourSeconded
Alan Meale03/12/2014MansfieldLabourSeconded
Michael Weir03/12/2014AngusScottish National PartySeconded
Mary Glindon04/12/2014North TynesideLabourSigned
David Heyes04/12/2014Ashton-under-LyneLabourSigned
Neil Carmichael04/12/2014StroudConservativeSigned
Martin Caton04/12/2014GowerLabourSigned
David Ward04/12/2014Bradford EastLiberal DemocratSigned
Mark Hunter04/12/2014CheadleLiberal DemocratSigned
Anne Begg04/12/2014Aberdeen SouthLabourSigned
Geoffrey Robinson04/12/2014Coventry North WestLabourSigned
Ian Davidson04/12/2014Glasgow South WestLabourSigned
Mike Hancock05/12/2014Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Andrew Miller05/12/2014Ellesmere Port and NestonLabourSigned
Mike Weatherley05/12/2014HoveConservativeSigned
Jonathan Edwards08/12/2014Carmarthen East and DinefwrPlaid CymruSigned
Caroline Lucas08/12/2014Brighton, PavilionGreenSigned
Adrian Sanders08/12/2014TorbayLiberal DemocratSigned
Graham Allen08/12/2014Nottingham NorthLabourSigned
David Crausby08/12/2014Bolton North EastLabourSigned
Nick Brown08/12/2014Newcastle upon Tyne EastLabourSigned
Grahame Morris08/12/2014EasingtonLabourSigned
Sarah Champion09/12/2014RotherhamLabourSigned
John Leech09/12/2014Manchester, WithingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
Tim Yeo09/12/2014South SuffolkConservativeSigned
Michael Crockart10/12/2014Edinburgh WestLiberal DemocratSigned
Chris Williamson10/12/2014Derby NorthLabourSigned
Jenny Chapman10/12/2014DarlingtonLabourSigned
Ian Swales10/12/2014RedcarLiberal DemocratSigned
Dave Watts10/12/2014St Helens NorthLabourSigned
Kevin Barron10/12/2014Rother ValleyLabourSigned
Clive Betts10/12/2014Sheffield South EastLabourSigned
Mike Gapes11/12/2014Ilford SouthLabourSigned
Naomi Long11/12/2014Belfast EastAllianceSigned
Roger Williams11/12/2014Brecon and RadnorshireLiberal DemocratSigned
Nick Harvey11/12/2014North DevonLiberal DemocratSigned
Chris Ruane11/12/2014Vale of ClwydLabourSigned
Mark Durkan15/12/2014FoyleSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
Roger Godsiff15/12/2014Birmingham, Hall GreenLabourSigned
Mike Thornton15/12/2014EastleighLiberal DemocratSigned
Bob Ainsworth15/12/2014Coventry North EastLabourSigned
John Hemming15/12/2014Birmingham, YardleyLiberal DemocratSigned
Frank Dobson15/12/2014Holborn and St PancrasLabourSigned
Joan Ruddock15/12/2014Lewisham, DeptfordLabourSigned
Frank Doran15/12/2014Aberdeen NorthLabourSigned
Mike Wood15/12/2014Batley and SpenLabourSigned
Jennifer Willott15/12/2014Cardiff CentralLiberal DemocratSigned
Graham Brady15/12/2014Altrincham and Sale WestConservativeSigned
Stephen Gilbert16/12/2014St Austell and NewquayLiberal DemocratSigned
Tim Farron16/12/2014Westmorland and LonsdaleLiberal DemocratSigned
Hugh Bayley17/12/2014York CentralLabourSigned
John Pugh17/12/2014SouthportLiberal DemocratSigned
John Cryer17/12/2014Leyton and WansteadLabourSigned
Fabian Hamilton17/12/2014Leeds North EastLabourSigned
Annette Brooke17/12/2014Mid Dorset and North PooleLiberal DemocratSigned
Menzies Campbell18/12/2014North East FifeLiberal DemocratSigned
Geraint Davies18/12/2014Swansea WestLabourSigned
Martin Horwood05/01/2015CheltenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Alan Beith06/01/2015Berwick-upon-TweedLiberal DemocratSigned
Charles Hendry06/01/2015WealdenConservativeSigned
Charles Kennedy20/01/2015Ross, Skye and LochaberLiberal DemocratSigned

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