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JERSEY

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Jersey is a Crown dependency and not a sovereign nation. It is an independently administered jurisdiction and a possesion of the British Crown though not part of the United Kingdom or of the European Union. Each Crown dependency has a Chief Minister as head of government. The power to pass legislation affecting the island rests ultimately with their own legislature, with the assent of the Crown. For British nationality purposes, Jersey is treated as part of the UK.

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Civil Unions, Partners: Domestic, Registered Legislation/Cases/References
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Bailiwick

On 02 April 2012, the Civil Partnership law came into force [R1.8].

On 06 January 2012, the law to introduce civil partnerships was registered in the Royal Court and should come into force in the next few weeks [R1.7].

Previously:

On 12 July 2011 the States of Jersey approved the Civil Partnership (Jersey) law giving people in same sex relationships similar rights to married couples. The law allows individual religious organisations to decide whether to allow ceremonies in their churches [L1.6], [L1.5], [R1.4].

On 06 June 2011, the housing minister said the Housing Department would change regulations to give same-sex couples the same housing rights as a husband and wife though the planned civil partnership law did not allow for equal housing rights [R1.3].

On 03 June 2011, it was reported that a draft civil partnership law was due to be debated on 18 July [R1.2].

On 20 October 2009, with 48 of the 53 members in favour, the States of Jersey voted to legalise civil partnerships for gay couples. The law must first be drafted and go to the Privy Council for approval [R1.1].

In September 2009, the island's deputy chief minister claimed that introducing civil partnerships for same-sex couples in Jersey could cost £200,000 to £300,000. The States of Jersey were to decide in October whether gay couples should be legally recognised [R1.2].

In May 2009, the States of Jersey were set to debate civil partnerships [R1.3].

In January 2009, the government of Jersey was to consider the implications of granting same-sex couples the right to enter into civil partnerships [R1.4].

R1.8 BBC News: Jersey's civil partnership law comes into force 02 APR 12
R1.7 BBC News: Jersey recognises civil partnerships 13 JAN 12
L1.6 Civil Partnership (Jersey) Law 2012 - Revised Edition PDF 357.21kb, 01 JAN 13
L1.5 Draft Civil Partnership (Jersey) Law 201- PDF 512.30kb, 31 MAY 11
R1.4 BBC News: Jersey States approves civil partnerships 11 JUL 11
R1.3 BBC: Jersey housing regulation change for civil partners 06 JUN 11
R1.2 BBC: Jersey may get civil partnerships law 03 JUN 11
R1.1 PinkNews.co.uk: "Jersey votes to allow civil partnerships" 20 OCT 09
R1.2 PinkNews.co.uk: "Jersey civil partnerships 'could cost £300,000'" 03 SEP 09
R1.3 PinkNews.co.uk: "Jersey to debate civil partnerships" 08 MAY 09
R1.4 PinkNews.co.uk: "Jersey May Become First Crown Dependency to Introduce Civil Partnerships" 06 JAN
States of Jersey: "Consultation Paper on Civil Partnerships (R.111/2007)" 29 JUL 07
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Discrimination Legislation/Cases/References
1.

Bailiwick

On 02 June 2015, the States of Jersey passed 37-2 (1 abstention, 11 absentees) the Draft Discrimination (Sex and Related Characteristics) (Jersey) Regulations with effect on 01 September that make discrimination on the grounds of gender identity and sexual orientation unlawful and carrying a fine of up to £10,000 [R1.1].

R1.1 PinkNews: Jersey passes law protecting LGBT and intersex people from discrimination 02 JUN 15
Homosexuality, Sodomy Legislation/Cases/References
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Bailiwick

Consensual sex between same-sex couples was decriminalised in 1990 [R1].

R1 ILGA: State-Sponsored Homophobia PDF 382.87kb, MAY 08
MarriageLegislation/Cases/References
1.

National

On 08 September 2017, Chief Minister Ian Gorst apologised for the 'unforeseen delay' in introducing same-sex marriage legislation that would not now be introduced before the end of the year, contrary to previous plans [R1.3].

On 23 September 2015, it was reported that a vote on draft same-sex marriage legislation approved by the Government was expected by January 2017 [R1.2].

On 05 July 2014, a proposal to legalise same-sex marriage in the Bailiwick of Jersey reportedly submitted Deputy Sam Mézec of Reform Jersey, was due to be discussed on 01 July 2014, however, a last-minute motion from Home Affairs minister, Senator Ian Le Marquand, would instead send the bill to a 'scrutiny' panel [R1.1].

R1.3 JerseyEveningPost: Same-sex marriage law apology 11 SEP 17
R1.2 GayStarNews: Gay marriage law will be coming to the Jersey states 23 SEP 15
R1.1 PinkNews: Senator attempts to derail equal marriage vote 05 JUL 14
Parenting, Adoption, Fostering Legislation/Cases/References
1.

Bailiwick

On 23 June 2015, it was reported that unmarried same-sex and heterosexual couples will now be able to adopt children. Children aged 14 and over will be able to veto adoption orders [R1.1].

R1.1 BBCnews: Jersey States approve same-sex couple adoption law 23 JUN 15

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