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Civil Partnership comes into effect in Jersey

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  1. Congratulations Jersey.

    Shame its not marriage, although in some senses its a step in the right direction.

    Lets hope you move towards marriage quickly.

  2. 50 statutes? why not just pass an interpretation statute that says all the laws are to be interpreted in light of the civil partnership act? no need to overcomplicate things.

  3. Spanner1960 3 Apr 2012, 10:58pm

    For crying out loud, don’t they teach these journalists geography any more?

    Jersey is part of the UK, India and the Republic of Ireland are not. Please try and put them in the right sections. If you are unsure, please check Google maps.

    1. Jersey’s a Crown Dependency like the Isle of Man. It’s neither part of the UK nor administered by it.

      As for them finally legally recognising same-sex relationships what the hell took them so long?

      1. GingerlyColors 4 Apr 2012, 7:05am

        Don’t forget that the Isle of Man took quite a while to legalise homosexuality, finally doing so in 1992.

        1. And similar to Jersey the Isle of Man only implemented CPs last year. Attention now must turn to Guernsey, which still has no legal recognition of same-sex relationships.

      2. Spanner1960 4 Apr 2012, 9:19am

        Precisely, it is dependent on the British Crown, so it comes under the auspices and geographical region of the UK. (They carry British passports).

        1. That’s because all UK passports are issued by and on behalf of the Crown rather than the UK government. The Channel Islands are a remnant of the old Duchy of Normandy that conquered England in 1066, but they never became part of the Kingdom of England. Therefore the Acts of Union that created Great Britain and subsequently the UK didn’t include them.

          Hence why they’re also not part of the EU, because they aren’t bound by UK treaties.

  4. Lumi Bast 4 Apr 2012, 5:33am

    Congratulations, but Jersey should have completely equal marriage. One step closer then! :)

  5. GingerlyColors 4 Apr 2012, 7:10am

    We have to be grateful for what we get and the introduction of Civil Partnerships in any country is a great leap towards full equality rather than a small step. It is far better than a country just tolerating us as long as we keep quiet about it and much, much better than criminalization.
    Denmark may have been the first country to introduce Civil Partnerships but they will have full marriage equality by June 15th. Other countries have been able to introduce full marriage equality without having to use Registered or Civil Partnerships as a stepping stone.

  6. Just Another Gay Activist Wanting Full Equality In 2012 6 Apr 2012, 2:11am

    Congradulations Jersey for allowing civil partnerships – its not civil marriage, but hey it is a good start!

    You are now in-line with Isle of Man, Ireland and the UK (this includes Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland).

    However just next door in Guernsey they are still yet to catch up and allow civil partnerships. Come on Guernsey what is the hold-up?

    By the way, Guernsey only just back in March 2010 made gay sex age of consent legal for people over 16 – in line with heterosexual sex at 16.

    Guernsey in 1983 decrimilised gay sex for people over 21 – even before Jersey and Isle of Man did in 1990 and 1992 respectfully.

    Guernsey you are now way behind the rest of the UK, Ireland, Jersey and Isle of Man.

    How many laws do Guernsey have to change to implement civil partnerships?

    Drafting laws are easy, Guernsey has only independant politicians only (no parties) so that should make it easier.

    I will give an example,

    whereever it says “spouse” – just add “or civil partner”.

    1. Gay Activist Demanding Equality 6 Apr 2012, 2:17am

      Some laws even in the UK in 2012 today still say “husband or wife” and “husband”, “wife”.

      Delete “husband” and “wife” – replace with “spouse”.

      Delete “man”, “boy” or “male” – replace with “person”

      Delete “woman”, “girl” or “female” – replace with “person”

      Delete “a union between a man and a woman” – replace with “a union between two adult persons” [example within the civil marriage laws of 1789].

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