27-year-old model Laura Lacole and 26-year-old Leeds United player Eunan O’Kane are scheduled to tie the knot soon at the four-star Galgorm Resort in Ballymena, Northern Ireland in front of family and friends. With almost everything in set for the upcoming wedding, one vital thing is unfortunately missing – the legal recognition for their union.
You see the couple will be having a non-religious wedding and they are hoping that it will not be considered “legally meaningless” since they do not want to go through the hassle of having a separate civil wedding.
In a DailyMail report, we learn that the couple has since gone to the High Court to discuss their case.
Lacole has been quoted by the website, saying:
“We are both humanists so we want to have a wedding ceremony that reflects who we are as people.
“We can’t see how you can differentiate between any types of beliefs. We think it should be recognized in Northern Ireland because there is a need for it.
“Whether we are a minority or a majority we should still be given equal rights.”
Lacole, who also works as a model, is currently the vice chair of Atheist NI.
“We hope that we get a good verdict which means that we can have the wedding ceremony that we want to have,” Lacole said.
“If we don’t get it, we want to appeal so we can give other people the opportunity to have the wedding ceremony that they want,” she added.
Humanists categorize themselves as non-religious and do not believe in deity or afterlife.
Their weddings are very personalized with the humanist celebrant spending several days to know the couple better. So far, humanist marriages are legally recognized in Scotland and the Republic of Ireland but not in England and Wales.
Lawyer Steven McQuitty said his clients are being denied the same rights and privileges as other religious couple.
“Religious people from Pagans to Free Presbyterians and everything in between enjoy a substantial legal privilege under law.
“In a sense the State gives its legal blessing to such marriages.”
Meanwhile, Northern Ireland’s Attorney General John Larkin participated in the hearing and noted that the affidavits presented were sworn on the bible.
Larkin pointed out:
“This litigation which, it’s been suggested, is founded on non-theistic views of great seriousness, is founded on affidavits that are sworn.
“Either they are emphatically sworn or the individuals who solemnly took the New Testament in their hands and executed those affidavits are really not that fixated on their views on such matters.”
Mom Invites Principal To Go Shopping After Daughter Violates School’s Dress Code Twice
“I am cordially inviting you to take my daughter shopping. I wish you loads of luck.”
Unrealistic expectations are always frustrating – especially if you end up getting punished for it. So imagine the feeling of this mother whose daughter was reprimanded and sent home by the school for wearing shorts that ‘didn’t come all the way down to her fingertips.’
Dr. Catherine Pearlman, the mother (who also happens to be a parenting expert and coach), decided to take action by writing a lengthy letter addressed to the principal. The said letter was first published in TODAY and it eventually went viral, earning strong reactions from other parents.
According to Pearlman, things have always been unfairly difficult for her tall 13-year-old daughter.
Pastor In Zimbabwe Claims He Has God’s Direct Phone Number
Would you call God more often if you had his number?
A pastor in Zimbabwe has claimed that he communicates with God via the Creator’s direct phone number. Paul Sanyangore said that God himself gave him His phone number and that God often calls him to give him advice on how to help the people in his church.
Sanyangore made the claim in February after a video of him showing he’s talking to God on the phone during his church service made the rounds. During an interview with H-Metro, a Zimbabwean news site, Sanyangore, also known as Pastor Talent, insisted that he was talking to the Almighty and was surprised why people were shocked.
Paul Sanyangore, a pastor from Zimbabwe, claims he calls God and talks to Him on the phone.
Pervert Gets Slapped After Groping Woman On An Escalator
He totally deserved it!
A recent viral video shows us what happens when a pervert messes with the wrong victim. The footage below, which was taken at the subway station in the province of Nanning in China, shows us a woman taking appropriate action after a pervert guy touched her.
As you can see on the said clip, the woman was standing on an escalator when a guy with a green traveling bag stood behind her and touched her buttock.