In Ireland, to solemnise marriages under the Civil Registration Act, secular bodies must be ethical and humanist and cannot promote a political cause. On the other hand if you are a religious body that wants to solemnise marriages, you are not required to be ethical and you can promote a political cause. This is direct religious discrimination.
This is not an acceptable approach to protecting equally the human rights of all of our citizens in a supposedly democratic republic.
Bill for secular marriages passes in Irish Senate, but it needs to be amended to treat all religious and secular bodies equally
Legislating for Equality In Marriage Registration – Atheist Ireland briefing document for TDs for debate this Thursday
Dail passes new law that discriminates by religion in marriage registration, despite TDs citing concerns raised by Atheist Ireland
Humanist Association of Ireland must choose between solemnising marriages now, and politically promoting secularism
Cardinal Brady promotes political lobbying on abortion, while secular groups who want to solemnise marriage are politically silenced
Atheist Ireland asks President to test constitutionality of new marriage registration law
An open letter to fellow members of the Humanist Association of Ireland by Andrew Devine-Rattigan
An open letter to Atheist Ireland by Dick Spicer
A response to Dick Spicer’s open letter to Atheist Ireland about secular politics
The Civil Registration Act discriminates on religious grounds and undermines human rights
Rules for secular marriage? The Irish Civil Registration Service is making it up as they go along
Irish law protects marriage from ethical atheists and unethical humanists but not from a spiritualist thief
The Catholic Church, the HAI and Iona have all failed to register their political activity with SIPO