Same-sex Couples Can Now Marry on the Island of Guernsey

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On May 2nd, the largest island in the Bailiwick of Guernsey officially extended the right to marry to all couples and applications for weddings have been accepted since then.

After first voting for equal marriage rights in principle in December of 2015, the States of Guernsey voted for a draft same-sex marriage bill in September of 2016 that received Royal Assent last December.

The final step required, an ordinance of commencement, was approved in April 2017 and came into effect on Tuesday and allows for couples to hold weddings starting Thursday.

Although the largest island in the bailiwick, Guernsey, allows same-sex marriage, the other two jurisdictions of Alderney and Sark do not.

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Alderney recognizes overseas marriages for purposes such as those of inheritance matters and is considering their own marriage bill. There is no news on when Sark will consider the motion.

For more information on the LGBT rights situation in all of Guernsey, please visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_Guernsey

Guernsey Passes Final Same-sex Marriage Legislation; Weddings in 2017

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The States of Guernsey approved a same-sex marriage bill today by a vote of 33-5.

This vote comes almost a year after Guernsey voted in principle to modify their marriage laws to include same-sex couples.

The bill will now be sent to the Privy Council for its promulgation and weddings are expected to begin in mid-2017.

Guernsey is the second of the three British Crown Dependencies to open the door to same-sex weddings after Isle of Man began marrying couples in July. Jersey, who also voted in principle last year to expand marriage rights like Guernsey, stated that they will vote on their own final legislation in the coming months and also wish to hold weddings in 2017.

For more information on the LGBT rights situation in Guernsey, please visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_Guernsey

Isle of Man Approves Same-sex Marriage

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Today, the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Amendment) Bill 2016 was approved in the Isle of Man’s Upper House, the Legislative Council, on a 6-3 vote. The final reading in the Legislative Council ends the bill’s journey through the different voting rounds and it will be signed in Tynwald Court then sent for Royal Assent so the law can come into effect.

The bill seeks to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples and allow heterosexual couples access to civil partnerships.

The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Amendment) Bill 2016 began its journey in the House of Keys, the island’s Lower House, where it was approved on a vote of 17-3 in March.

Same-sex couples currently in civil partnerships will be able to convert their union to a marriage. Civil partnerships on the island already allowed full adoption rights and the Isle of Man’s leader, Chief Minister Alan Bell, who publicly announced his relationship with a man last year, called the bill a way of crossing off a dark chapter in the island’s history regarding LGBT issues.

The Chief Minister hopes to have weddings start in the summer.

-Congratulations to our friends in the Isle of Man!

Isle of Man’s Same-sex Marriage Bill Receives Second Reading in Upper House

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On Tuesday, the Isle of Man’s same-sex marriage bill moved out of the amendment stage and is headed for its final reading in the Upper House.

The bill was approved in the House of Keys (Lower House) last month and received its second reading in the Legislative Council (Upper House) this week.

Once the bill receives its third reading in the coming days, it will be sent for Royal Assent and should come into force not long after.

The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Amendment) Bill 2016 seeks to extend marriage equality on the island by allowing same-sex couples in civil partnerships to convert their status to married, allowing new couples to tie the knot, and extends civil partnerships to couples made up of the opposite sex.

The Chief Minister expects weddings to begin in the summer if the process is on schedule.

Isle of Man’s Same-sex Marriage Bill Receives First Reading in Upper House

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On Tuesday, the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Amendment) Bill 2016 made its way through the first round of the Isle’s Legislative Council, or Upper House. The bill was approved in the House of Keys (Lower House) on March 9th and the vote to approve the bill in its first of three required readings in the smaller Legislative Council was 6-3.

Isle of Man has an existing civil partnership bill with full adoption rights and many MPs agreed that it’s time to close the gap between the recognition of different relationships on the island.

The proposal seeks to extend marriage equality to the island by allowing same-sex nuptials, recognizing foreign marriages as marriages instead of partnerships, and by giving gay couples in partnerships the option of converting their union into a marriage. It will also allow heterosexual couples to enter civil partnerships as currently they are only available to homosexual pairs.

The Manx leader, Chief Minister Alan Bell, hopes to have the bill passed and promulgated in time for summer weddings.

The chamber will be on Easter break and shall resume its work on April 26th.

For more information on the LGBT rights situation in Isle of Man, please visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_the_Isle_of_Man

 

Isle of Man’s Gay Marriage Bill Approved in Lower House

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This week, the Isle of Man’s Legislature advanced two proposals in favor of LGBT rights.

Yesterday, the Isle of Man’s House of Keys approved the island’s same-sex marriage bill in its third reading on a vote of 17-3. The bill now moves to the island’s upper house, the Legislative Council.

In the Legislative Council, the Equality Bill, which aims to combine all existing anti-discrimination laws into one piece of legislation and add sexual orientation in goods and services for the first time, had its first reading on Tuesday as well. Usually, bills enter the House first, but the supporters of the Equality Bill sent it to the Council to prevent it from lapsing if it does not reach all the required stages before the general election in September of this year.

The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Amendment) Bill 2016 would allow gay couples to marry on the island and convert their civil partnership to a marriage if they desire. It will also extend civil partnerships to heterosexual couples.

The Equality Bill first came to the forefront after a case of a religious leader refusing to rent a house to a lesbian couple became big news on the island.

The Isle of Man’s Chief Minister, Alan Bell, who announced that he is gay in an interview last year, is spearheading both bills. Bell’s plan is to have the first gay weddings performed in the summer.

For more information on the LGBT rights situation in the Isle of Man, please visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_the_Isle_of_Man

Isle of Man’s Gay Marriage Bill Advances

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The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Amendment) Bill 2016 went through the clauses stage in the House of Keys on Tuesday. It was decided that name of the bill be changed and that civil partnerships shall be extended to heterosexual couples.

Proposed amendments that were rejected include an opt-out option for registrars who don’t want to wed gay couples and allowing parents to remove children from classes where same-sex marriage is taught. Only one other House member voted for the first and only two members for the second.

Chief Minister, Alan Bell, was especially critical of the two amendments and denounced them as delay tactics days before. He insisted that children need love and support in the new matrimonial laws when discussing his opposition to the amendments.

One more reading will be held in the House of Keys before the bill moves to the other chamber known as the Legislative Council.

The Isle of Man currently allows civil partnerships with full adoption rights and the Chief Minister said the goal is to have same-sex weddings begin in the summer.