Controversial 'tolerance clause' defeated in equal marriage debate

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Jersey politicians have voted by 40 votes to five to reject a clause in equal marriage legislation, which would have allowed traders to refuse to serve same-sex couples if it was deemed incompatible with their religious beliefs.

States members spent the day debating the amendment put forward by the Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel as a result of views sought whilst reviewing the wide-ranging legislation put forward by the Chief Minister.

The move has been welcomed by local equality charity Liberate as CEO Vic Tanner Davy explains...