Recognition of same-sex unions in Jersey

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Legal status of
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  2. When performed in Mexican states that have legalized same-sex marriage

*Not yet in effect

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Jersey allows civil partnerships for same-sex couples. The bill for legalisation was signed by the Queen on 14 December 2011 and registered by the royal court on 6 January 2012. The law took effect on 2 April 2012.[1]

History[edit]

In August 2009, it was announced by the Chief Minister of Jersey that a civil partnerships bill would be drafted and be due for introduction to the Assembly of the States of Jersey in October 2009.[2][3]

On 20 October 2009, the Assembly voted in favour of civil partnerships "in principle". The vote was 48 in favour, 1 against and 4 abstaining.[4][5][6] The draft bill legalising civil partnerships was approved by the Council of Ministers on 24 March 2011 and introduced to the Assembly on 31 May.[7][8] It was passed on 12 July 2011.[9][10] On 14 December 2011, the bill received royal assent and was registered by the royal court on 6 January 2012.[11][12] In March 2012, the government issued orders implementing the law, which took effect on 2 April 2012.[13][1][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22]

On 28 May 2014, the Deputy Sam Mézec of Reform Jersey party submitted a proposition asking the Assembly of the States of Jersey to support, in principle, the legalisation of same-sex marriage, and to request the Chief Minister to prepare the necessary draft legislation to give effect to the proposal.[23][24][25] On 8 July 2014, the Assembly voted for the amendment to the proposal, introduced by Senator Ian Le Marquand, to request the Chief Minister to present a detailed study into the effects of allowing same-sex marriage by 31 December 2014. The amendment was passed by 24 votes to 18 and the amended proposition by 39 to 1.[26][27][28][29]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jersey's civil partnership law comes into force
  2. ^ "Jersey States to propose Civil Partnerships", International Finance Centre, 2 September 2009
  3. ^ "Legal rights for same sex couples", BBC News, 3 September 2009
  4. ^ Jersey votes to allow civil partnerships
  5. ^ New rights for homosexual couples
  6. ^ Strong States support for gay civil partnerships
  7. ^ WRITTEN QUESTION TO THE CHIEF MINISTER BY DEPUTY J.M. MAÇON OF ST. SAVIOUR - ANSWER TO BE TABLED ON TUESDAY 3rd MAY 2011
  8. ^ DRAFT CIVIL PARTNERSHIP (JERSEY) LAW 201
  9. ^ Jersey States approves civil partnerships
  10. ^ Vote for Draft Civil Partnership (Jersey) Law 201- Third Reading
  11. ^ Jersey’s religious civil partnership rules near implementation
  12. ^ Jersey recognises civil partnerships
  13. ^ Civil Partners Causes Rules 2012
  14. ^ Inquests and Post-Mortem Examinations (Amendment No. 8) Rules 2012
  15. ^ Adoption (Amendment No. 3) Rules 2012
  16. ^ Royal Court (Amendment No. 14) Rules 2012
  17. ^ Civil Partnerships (Consequential Amendments) (Jersey) Regulations 2012
  18. ^ Civil Partnership (Jersey) Law 2012 (Appointed Day) Act 2012
  19. ^ Civil Partnership (Approved Premises) (Jersey) Order 2012
  20. ^ Civil Partnership (Forms, Registration and Fees) (Jersey) Order 2012
  21. ^ Marriage and Civil Status (Approved Premises) (Amendment) (Jersey) Order 2012
  22. ^ Marriage and Civil Status (Forms, Registration and Fees) (Amendment No. 5) (Jersey) Order 2012
  23. ^ "CIVIL MARRIAGES: SAME SEX COUPLES". States of Jersey. 28 May 2014. 
  24. ^ "Additional information for P.102/2014". States of Jersey. 28 May 2014. 
  25. ^ "Gay marriage proposition lodged by Reform Jersey". BBC. 28 May 2014. 
  26. ^ "CIVIL MARRIAGES: SAME SEX COUPLES (P.102/2014) – SECOND AMENDMENT". States of Jersey. 8 July 2014. 
  27. ^ "Same sex marriage law delayed in Jersey". BBC. 8 July 2014. 
  28. ^ "Gay marriage decision rejected by the States". Jersey Evening Post. 8 July 2014. 
  29. ^ "Equal marriage debate on hold". ITV News Channel TV. 8 July 2014. 

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