Guernsey & Jersey Could Get Same-Sex Marriage Legalised By 2017

We could see same-sex marriage make it’s way to both Jersey and Guernsey by 2017.

The two islands, which are British crown-controlled but self-governing, are expected to put forward plans to ensure that they get marriage equality in place.

As you probably know if you keep your ear to the ground regarding marriage equality, you will know that England, Wales, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland already allow same-sex couples to marry. There aren’t currently any plans for it in Northern Ireland

It was revealed by the Guernsey government that 3% of adults, which is about 1,600 people, had responded to the consultation with most people showing support for the move.

Ian Gorst, Jersey’s Chief Minister, revealed on the very same day that there is already a draft law ready to be legalised by January 2017.

Liberate, who we have mentioned before due to them organising the very first Pride in Jersey, had this to say: “The LGBTI community in Guernsey has been very patient and waited almost a decade to get to this stage, after the States agreed originally to investigate civil partnerships. We see no reason why both Guernsey and Jersey cannot introduce new legislation giving equal marriage rights at the same time (ie by the end of 2017).”