Same Sex Marriage Now Legal

26th April 2017
Ceremonies can take place from next week (Credit: Sky News)

Ceremonies can take place from next week (Credit: Sky News)

Same sex marriage is now legal in Guernsey, after the States approved the new law this morning.

The announcement was made in the Royal Court Chamber by the Bailiff, Sir Richard Collas, earlier:

A vote in favour of the paper from the Committee for Employment and Social Security had been expected.

The news has been welcomed by many politicians, including the island’s most senior politician, Deputy Gavin St Pier:

Our reporter, Jonny Freeman, was in the States Chamber when the news was announced:

Today’s landmark move has been welcomed by the equality charity Liberate, who’ve campaigned for change for years.

Lauren McSwiggan is thrilled with the news and says a member of the group is offering help to anyone wanting to get married:

“You can get married from May 4th, but for people who’ve been waiting so long they want to plan it properly, so many are waiting until say September time. However, one of our friends is planning a Humanist wedding, so if anyone is interested please get in touch.”

The organisation is also appealing to other couples to come forward and let them know if they’re planning to be one of the first to tie the knot in the island:

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