Same-sex marriage in Jersey

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Same-sex marriage became legal in Jersey on 1 July 2018. The States of Jersey passed a bill allowing same-sex couples to marry on 1 February 2018, which received royal assent on 23 May 2018.

Jersey also 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.

Civil partnerships[edit]

Laws regarding same-sex partnerships in Europe
  Marriage1
  Foreign marriages recognized1
  Other type of partnership1
  Unregistered cohabitation1
  Unrecognized
  Constitution limits marriage to opposite-sex couples

1May include recent laws or court decisions which have created legal recognition of same-sex relationships, but which have not entered into effect yet.

In August 2009, it was announced by the Chief Minister that a civil partnerships bill would be drafted and be due for introduction to the Assembly of the States of Jersey in October 2009.[1][2]

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.[3][4][5] 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.[6][7] It was passed on 12 July 2011.[8][9] On 14 December 2011, the bill received royal assent and was registered by the royal court on 6 January 2012.[10][11] In March 2012, the government issued orders implementing the law, which took effect on 2 April 2012.[12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22]

Same-sex marriage[edit]

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]

On 26 November 2014, the Chief Minister Ian Gorst submitted a report, which includes a commitment to introduce legislation allowing same-sex couples to get married in civil and religious ceremonies by the end of 2017, and to create safeguards for religious organisations and officials who do not wish to conduct same-sex marriages, among others.[30][31][32][33] On 14 July 2015, the Chief Minister submitted a proposition to ask the States to decide whether they agree, in principle, that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry and to request that the Chief Minister introduce for approval by the States, no later than January 2017, the draft legislation necessary to implement it.[34][35][36] It was approved by the Assembly on 22 September 2015.[37][38][39]

22 September 2015 vote in the States of Jersey[40]
Political Affiliation Voted for Voted against Abstained Absent/Not Present (Did Not Vote)
Independent (Senators)     
Independent (Connétables)     
Independent (Deputies)     
Reform Jersey (Deputies)     
Total 37 4 1 7

On 14 March 2017, following an oral question by Reform Jersey deputy Sam Mézec, the Chief Minister has stated that the bill would be lodged in anticipation for debate in the Summer 2017 and would come into force by December of the same year.[41][42][43] However, on 8 September 2017, the Chief Minister stated that the bill would be delayed and that it would not be in force until at least spring 2018.[44][45] A draft same-sex marriage bill was eventually introduced into the States of Jersey on 3 October 2017.[46][47] The States debated the bill on 16 November 2017 and agreed to its principles but sent it for further review to the Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel.[48][49][50][51] The panel's report was presented to the States on 29 January 2018.[52] Controversially, the report included a recommendation asking the States to approve a "tolerance clause" in the bill, which would allow traders to refuse to serve same-sex couples goods and services in accordance with their religious beliefs.[52][53][54] A final vote on the bill by the States occurred on 1 February 2018, where it passed 42–1.[55][56] The tolerance clause amendment was rejected by a vote of 40–5.[55][57] The bill was granted royal assent in the Privy Council on 23 May 2018 and registered in the royal court on 1 June.[58][59] On 26 June, the States approved a proposition to commence the law on 1 July 2018.[60][61][62][63][64] The first same-sex marriage was performed on 9 July 2018.[65][66]

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