Alderney votes to legalise same-sex marriage

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Politicians in Alderney have voted to legalise same-sex marriage.

The change was approved during a vote at last night's States meeting, where nine voted in favour of the proposal, while one member abstained.

Ian Tugby, the Vice President of the States of Alderney, said he had planned to vote in favour but had been contacted by so many people concerned about the confused messages being sent out to children that in the end he decided to abstain.

The proposal will now be sent to the Queen and her Privy Council for approval.

Guernsey introduced same-sex marriage earlier this year, and Jersey is expected to introduce it early next year after it was delayed.

There are people who wish to take immediate advantage of this law when it comes into force and I wish them the best for the future. They will make a piece of history.

James Dent, Chairman of the Policy and Finance Committee

One of the couples sitting in the public gallery was Dits Preece and Alan Jones. They have been together for 15 years but have refused to get married anywhere else but on Alderney.

All we have wanted is to be able to do what everyone else on Alderney is able to do - get married, and invite all our friends to our wedding. We plan to get married the same week as the legislation comes into force and then plan for a big wedding. We can't wait.

Dits Preece & Alan Jones