Friday, February 02, 2018

Same-Sex Marriages Approved for the Balliwick of Jersey

Same-sex marriage finally legalized on island of Jersey
Reports say marriages should start later this year. | Photo: Facebook/Channel Islands Pride
Gay Star News reports:

[The Balliwick of ] Jersey today [Feb 1, 2018] passed a law recognizing both same-sex and humanist [non-religious] marriages. Politicians voted 43-1 to legalize these unions.

Located near the coast of Normandy, Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands between England and France. It is a Crown dependency and self-governing parlimentary democracy. While not part of the United Kingdom, the UK is responsible for both Jersey’s external relations (like with the EU) and defense.

The island has a population of 100,000.

States Assembly members also rejected an amendment giving religious business owners the right to refuse same-sex couples.

See full story here.

1 comment:

Raybeard said...

An illustration of how humanity has become dramatically split over, say, the last decade. While 'our' countries have become spectacularly enlightened on this subject in ways hardly any of us could have imagined a short while ago, others have suddenly retreated right back into the dark ages - and in nearly all cases encouraged by religion in any of its myriad forms. Splendour for some, deep despair for others.