Liberate in Jersey have sent a message of support to Guernsey as the States prepares to debate equal marriage.
“We would like to offer our heartfelt support and to congratulate our colleagues at Liberate in Guernsey for all the positive work that they have done in advance of the States of Guernsey debate on the introduction of same-sex marriage, which is due to be held this week.
We particularly commend them for the dignified and constructive way that they have handled a very sensitive matter for Islanders of all sexualities and faiths, especially in light of the incendiary literature and advertisements distributed by the Coalition for
Marriage and others. Liberate in Guernsey have consistently focused on the message that is central to all LGBTQ+ Channel Islanders, and has been accepted by an increasing number of countries around the world; that marriage should be about the loving union of two consenting adults, regardless of their gender or sexuality.
We urge the Members of the States of Guernsey to look to the positive impact that the introduction of same-sex marriage will have for their LGBTQ+ constituents, from those who are already in existing same-sex relationships, their friends and family, to those who are looking for support as they embrace their sexuality or gender.
The consultation undertaken in Guernsey showed overwhelming support from Islanders of all backgrounds, ages and beliefs for the introduction of same-sex marriage. We hope this is reflected in the final decision of the States Assembly, after a thoughtful, positive and respectful debate.”
Christian May, Chairman of Liberate in Jersey, said “We are delighted that the LGBTQ+ communities in Jersey and Guernsey are demonstrating how real cooperation between the Islands can take place. We are working with Liberate in Guernsey to plan and implement Channel Islands Pride 2016 which we hope will bring about greater integration between our two communities and attract visitors from across the UK and Europe.
Our sincere hope is that equal marriage is accepted in Guernsey and that we can send out a message to the wider world that the Channel Islands welcome and support all LGBTQ+ residents and visitors.”