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Calls for Same-sex Marriage in Jersey

As part of its campaign to ensure that anyone who wants a wedding is able to have one, the TUC has written to Jersey’s chief minister to ask him to support the introduction of equal marriage on the island.

Same-sex couples have been able to marry in England and Wales since the end of March, but this right is currently denied to LGBT people living in Jersey.

In the letter, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady says that gay marriage has proved a popular move – both amongst MPs in Westminster and the wider public – and shows just how far attitudes towards LGBT people have changed in recent years.

The letter urges the island’s Government to support a pro-equal marriage petition that has been lodged by one of the deputies in the States of Jersey (the island’s parliament).

“Not everyone wants to get married, but those who do should be able to – their sexuality shouldn’t be a barrier,” explained Frances O’Grady.

“Same-sex couples on Jersey are keen for the same rights that LGBT couples have in England and Wales, and will soon have in Scotland,” she added. “It makes no sense for them to be denied the opportunity to tie the knot if they are keen to marry. I hope that Jersey soon changes its laws to allow same-sex weddings.”

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