On Monday 29th January 2018, the Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel published
its report on the Draft Marriage and Civil Status (Amendment No.4)
Deputy John Le Fondré, Chairman of the Corporate Services
Scrutiny Panel, said:
“In the past two weeks we have published a series of
amendments to improve the Draft Law.
The amendments are based on the issues and concerns that we
encountered during our review.
This has been a difficult are and we have tried to ensure
that the Draft Law maintains the right balance between the rights of people to
enjoy a family life and the rights of people to live by their religious
Our report sets out the range of evidence we have received
and provides the basis for lodging our amendments.”
The Draft Law amends the Marriage and Civil Status (Jersey)
Law 2001 to implement two previous States of Jersey decisions
to increase the number of locations where couples can have their marriage
solemnized and to allow same sex couples to get married in Jersey.
The Draft Law also introduces additional changes to the
processes associated with the solemnization and registration of marriage, who
can solemnize marriage and what content is allowed during marriage ceremonies.
The Panel’s legislative review focused on a number of key
Accreditation for civil marriage celebrants
Protections for buildings owned by religious groups
A limited and narrowly defined “tolerance” clause
Use of religious material in civil marriage ceremonies
The Draft Law is due to be debated by the States Assembly on
1st February 2018.