Consultation launched on same-sex marriage law

| August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Islanders are being asked to give their views on the form that any legislation on same-sex marriage would take if it was to be introduced in Jersey.

The consultation has been launched by the Chief Minister’s Department and will give all Islanders the chance to take part in an online survey and to attend public meetings to comment on the legislation options outlined in the consultation.

The purpose of the consultation is to give people the context of the legal options which would be available if Jersey was to introduce same-sex marriage. It also looks at other issues related to equal marriage, such as humanist marriage and the potential introduction of civil partnerships for couples of the opposite-sex.

The findings from this consultation will be set out in the report which the Chief Minister Senator Ian Gorst will aim to take to the States Assembly in late November.

Four public meetings, led by officers from the Chief Minister’s Department, will be held as part of the consultation. The meetings are on:

 

Date
Time
Venue

Monday 15 September
12 pm to 1.15 pm
St Paul’s Centre

Monday 15 September
1.30 pm to 2.45 pm
St Paul’s Centre

Monday 29 September
6.30 pm to 7.45 pm
St Helier Town Hall

Tuesday 30 September
6.30 pm to 7.45 pm
St Helier Town Hall

To ensure a place at one of the meetings, anyone who would like to attend is asked to book a place in advance by emailing a.hamon2@gov.je or calling 01534 440682. If the numbers attending the meetings exceed venue capacity, priority will be given to people with a booking.

The consultation sets out a number of different options in relation to equal marriage and asks respondents:

which of the same-sex marriage options they think is most appropriate for Jersey.
whether Jersey should introduce humanist and non-religious marriage for both opposite- and same-sex couples.
whether civil partnerships should be introduced for opposite-sex couples, in addition to same-sex couples.
how specific issues relating to grounds for divorce and grounds for dissolution of a civil partnership.

All Islanders can take part in the consultation by going to www.gov.je/consult where they can find details about completing an online questionnaire or submitting comments by email or in writing.

The deadline for comments on the consultation is 22 October 2014.

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