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Same-sex marriages to be legal from Sunday

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SAME-sex marriages will be legal from Sunday after the States rubber-stamped the legislation on Tuesday.

Allen Jones and Dits Jones. Picture: ALI SIMMONS

In a very short debate ratifying previously agreed legislation, Members unanimously approved the new law so that it could come into force on 1 July. The move also allows for humanist and outdoor ceremonies to take place in Jersey.

Members finally approved the proposals to overhaul the Island’s marriage laws after a process which initially began in 2014 and was agreed in principle the following year.

However, the new law took several years to draft due to the large number of legal changes required.

Chief Minister John Le Fondré said yesterday: ‘This has been granted Royal Assent and is implementing a decision of the previous Assembly.

‘I hope everyone will join me in wishing everyone affected by this law all the best.’

The Privy Council signed off the amended law on 23 May.

Guernsey has allowed same-sex weddings for more than a year, while earlier this month Alderney hosted its first same-sex marriage when, after 15 years together, Allen Jones and Dits Preece tied the knot at their home in Platte Saline in the north-west of the island.

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