Chief Pleas vote to draft same-sex marriage bill for Sark

Same sex marriage has moved one step closer to becoming legal in Sark.

Politicians in the Chief Pleas unanimously agreed to draft a new law that will bring the island in line with the rest of the Bailiwick.

Legislation to legalise same-sex marriage passed in Guernsey in 2017 and in both Jersey and Alderney the following year.

The law would mean that same-sex couples will be able to have a civil or religious ceremony, with exceptions for the Anglican church.

As well as becoming a step forward for equality, the move could also attract more people to the island for weddings.

It is hoped that, once passed, a bill could be enacted as early as next year.