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Same-sex marriage laws in Jersey face further scrutiny

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A panel of politicians will review major changes to Jersey’s marriage law which will see same-sex marriage legalised in the island.

Politicians voted for the legislation to face months of scrutiny by the Corporate Services Panel which will assess the proposed changes.

It follows a raft of amendments lodged by the Chief Minister to clarify his own proposition which was criticised as “rushed” by Deputy John Le Fondre, Chairman of the Corporate Services Panel.

The States agreed to legalise same-sex marriage in September 2015 but the changes have faced a number of delays as they affect 31 laws.

The new law will now return to the States in January and the Chief Minister has previously indicated that he hopes it will be in place by Spring 2018.

We are pleased that many of the speakers in the States debate today reiterated the States of Jersey's commitment to equal marriage. We are hoping that Scrutiny will stick to the undertaking given by Deputy le Fondre today, that they will be as swift as possible in their work, and that the law will return to the States no later than January 2018.

– Vic Tanner Davy, CEO Liberate

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