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Same-sex marriages could begin this July

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THE first same-sex marriages in Jersey could take place on 1 July.

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It was hoped that legislation allowing same-sex couples to wed, instead of having to settle for civil partnerships, would be introduced before the end of last year.

But Chief Minister Ian Gorst said in September that gay marriages would be delayed in Jersey until this year due to the ‘complexity’ of the proposed new laws being used to update all marriage legislation.

A States spokesman yesterday said: ‘It is anticipated that the Marriage and Civil Status (Amendments No. 4) (Jersey) Law will have been considered by the Privy Council by the end of this month.

‘This would enable it to be registered in the Royal Court in time for an Appointed Day Act to be put to the new States Assembly during the sitting commencing 26 June.

‘If adopted, the legislation would then come into force one week later, on 1 July.’

However, he added that Islanders whose plans may be affected by the amended legislation should consult the States Assembly website to check on the progress of the changes.

Same-sex marriage was introduced in Guernsey last year.

Krysta Eaves

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