Friday, 15 July 2011 15:44

Jersey Passed Civil Partnerships

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Jersey just passed a law allowing religious civil parnterships for gay and lesbian couples.

These unions could be celebrated in churches or religious organizations, except the Church of England which refused, because an amendment passed by a vote of 30-6 adding to the law the possibility to choose the place where the unions will be celebrated.

The first ceremonies should normally be able to start at the end of the year. In an interview with the BBC, the openly gay Jersey’s deputy chief minister Philip Ozouf said: "The island’s parliament has sent a strong message of Jersey being an open, accepting and tolerant society." adding that the legislation "is not the same as marriage but it is an absolute equivalent to marriage."