Jersey set to legalise same-sex marriage within three years

Jersey's Chief Minister has published plans to make same-sex marriage legal by 2017 at the latest.

The report, which was presented to the States today, will preserve the rights of religious organisations and officials who do not wish to conduct the ceremonies, Senator Ian Gorst said.

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Gay rights charity welcomes 'historic' equal marriage move

Channel Islands charity Liberate has welcomed an "historic milestone in our quest for true equality" after Jersey's Chief Minister published proposals to legalise same-sex marriage.

Equal marriage could become Jersey law by 2017. Credit: Olivier Douliery/ABACA

Liberate CI Chair, Martin Gavet, who met with Senator Ian Gorst earlier this month said: "The Chief Minister and his office have worked tirelessly since the States decision and the public rally in the summer of 2014 to consult widely on the introduction of equal marriage legislation.

He said that while "some my be disappointed" by the current timetable - which could see equal marriage introduced in Jersey 2017 - the charity was keen to ensure that authorities "get this right".

One has to consider the impact such changes will have in terms of the effect on other laws such as taxation laws, which will need to be amended by legislative draftsmen.

– Liberate CI Chair, Martin Gavet

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Same-sex marriage opponents will have rights preserved

Jersey's Chief Minister has published plans to make same-sex marriage legal by 2017 at the latest.

The report, which was presented to the States today, will preserve the rights of religious organisations and officials who do not wish to conduct the ceremonies, Senator Ian Gorst said.

It follows a consultation period, during which the public gave views on the proposals.

It is clear from the responses to the consultation that marriage matters to Islanders and although many have strongly-held contrasting views on whether marriage should evolve to include same-sex couples, they nevertheless agree on its importance.

Our aim is to uphold marriage for all couples, all families and for the wider community.

– Senator Ian Grost
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