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Same-sex marriage in Jersey delayed

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Jersey's equal marriage legislation will not be introduced until spring 2018 at the earliest, the Chief Minister has confirmed.

Senator Ian Gorst says it is due to the complexity of the proposed new laws, which are being used to update all other existing marriage legislation.

The States approved same sex marriage in 2015, but it has faced several delays in being introduced.

The confirmation comes on the eve of Pride in Jersey, which is based on a wedding theme to celebrate the imminent introduction of the legislation.

However, the Chief Minister said he is meeting with law officers on Monday to try and speed up the process.

Liberate is the Channel Islands' equality and diversity charity. Vic Tanner Davy is Liberate Jersey’s CEO. He told ITV News the LGBT+ community are extremely disappointed especially ahead of tomorrow's CI Pride celebrations.

The delay impacts people’s lives directly. As anyone who has arranged a wedding will know it takes about a year in the planning to ensure that venues, caterers, bands, marquees etc are booked. For those same-sex couples hoping to marry in spring or summer next year this is going to throw their plans into doubt and make it impossible for them to book anything with any certainty. As a community, we have been very patient and have waited for over two years for this legislation. We do feel that we have been pushed to the back of the queue whilst other matters have been given priority by the Chief Minister.

– Liberate Jersey's CEO: Vic Tanner Davy

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