Jersey rejects calls to provide discriminatory measures


Jersey’s parliament has voted down a law that would allow to discriminate against same-sex couples on the basis of religion. Lawmakers had proposed an amendment to the country’s discrimination legislation that would hand traders the right to refuse to provide services and goods to same-sex couples if their religion demands them to. The measure was rejected by 40-5 Thursday after hours of parliamentary debate. The British Crown Dependency approved same-sex marriage in 2015, but is yet to hold its first unions as the legislation is bogged down in amendments. The day’s debate heard emotional speeches from the island’s politicians against the proposed change – many asking why they had the right to approve discrimination against a minority group. According to ITV reporter Gary Burgess, one politician even officially apologizes for not supporting same-sex marriages when the issue was in question.


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