Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Do I have to join the HSS?

The short answer is "Yes, for one year", although you're very welcome to stay! 
Here's a slightly longer and more formal explanation... 

Our legal authorisation from the Registrar General of Scotland is on the basis that we conduct humanist marriages, and we therefore require couples to be members of the Humanist Society Scotland at the time of the wedding. 

If you don't live in Scotland, we would ask you to join a Humanist organisation wherever you live - the British Humanist Association in England and Wales, or the American Humanist Association if you're from across the water, and so-on. If you want to see if there's a Humanist organisation where you live, you might want to take a look at this list from the International Humanist and Ethical Union.

By joining, you are also helping to support our work to ensure that future couples have the opportunity to marry in a legal humanist ceremony. 

You also support the important campaigning work we do. I'm really pleased for instance that the Scottish Government has just brought forward the Equal Marriage Scotland Bill, which might not have happened without the work of the HSS. 

Similarly, we support Margo MacDonald in her campaign for Death With Dignity, and we also campaign to end sectarianism and allow children to be educated together, so I hope you'll agree your money is well spent.

The easiest way to join is via our website, which will notify me when you have done so. 

In 2013, annual membership costs £40 for a couple (or £25 for a low income couple). It lasts for one year, so it is best to join about six months or so before the wedding itself. If you want to join now, please click here, or if you prefer, ask me to send you a paper membership form.

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