Scottish Parliament vote against assisted suicide bill

May 27, 2015

Tonight The Scottish Parliament voted against (82 to 36) the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill at the stage 1 debate. This is disappointing, especially given the significant majority of people in Scotland’s desire to see a change in legislation. Reacting to…

Scottish Parliament vote against assisted suicide bill

Changes to civil partnerships

March 20, 2015

Humanist Society Scotland has responded to a paper by the Scottish Government on changing civil partnerships registered outwith Scotland to marriages in Scotland. HSS feels strongly that couples who are currently in a civil partnership from outwith Scotland should be…

Changes to civil partnerships

Abolish blasphemy laws! Humanists launch campaign

January 30, 2015

A new international campaign launches today, aimed at abolishing “blasphemy laws” worldwide. The End Blasphemy Laws campaign is thought to be the first campaign focusing solely on the issue of laws against “blasphemy” including “ridicule” and “insult” to religion or…

Abolish blasphemy laws! Humanists launch campaign

New milestone for marriage equality in Scotland

December 16, 2014

This morning (16 December 2014) the secondary legislation necessary to allow the first same-sex marriage to take place on Hogmanay (31 December) will come into effect. Signed into law yesterday by Scottish Government Minister Marco Biagi the secondary legislation will…

New milestone for marriage equality in Scotland

‘Cautious welcome’ for new guidelines on sex education

December 12, 2014

Reacting to the publication, by the Scottish Government, of new guidance on Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood (RSHP) education, the Humanist Society Scotland (HSS) acknowledges positive steps taken to acknowledge ‘lesbian, gay and bisexual relationships in a positive manner’. However,…

‘Cautious welcome’ for new guidelines on sex education

We react to the Smith commission report

November 27, 2014

We welcome the publication of the Smith Commission Report today. The Commission has recommended devolution of a range of responsibilities for the Scottish Parliament which will make the Parliament more accountable to the people of Scotland. We also acknowledge, however,…

We react to the Smith commission report

First audit of religion in Scots law since Victorian era

November 4, 2014

A Scottish university is launching a project to discover how much privilege religion receives under Scots law. The project – the first of its kind in more than 100 years – is being funded by the Humanist Society Scotland to…

First audit of religion in Scots law since Victorian era

Scottish Parliament petition on time for reflection

June 30, 2014

The Humanist Society Scotland has responded to a petition currently being heard in the Scottish Parliament. Petition PE1514 calls for a 25% quota of atheists to lead Time for Reflection. HSS welcomes the debate, and supports – in principle –…

Scottish Parliament petition on time for reflection

Religion and a new Scottish constitution

April 6, 2014

The Humanist Society Scotland strongly disagrees with the suggestion today that there should be special recognition of religion in any future constitution for Scotland. In the most recent Scottish Household Survey, 43% of Scots reported they had no religion. This…

Religion and a new Scottish constitution

We mourn loss of Margo MacDonald MSP

April 4, 2014

HSS mourns Margo

We mourn loss of Margo MacDonald MSP

Update on our Church of Scotland Agreement

January 27, 2014

On Friday the HSS & the Church of Scotland released a joint statement asking that the Petitions Committee of the Scottish Parliament ask the Scottish Government to make a change to the Education (Scotland) Act 1980. This change was to…

Update on our Church of Scotland Agreement