A consultation into Union Civile has been launched today by the Policy Council.
Views from everyone in the island are being sought, as it is decided whether Guernsey people of all sexualities can enter into a legally recognised and binding civil union.
The States of Guernsey will debate the issue in the autumn.
It wants a “clear separation between the state and religion” and is “concerned about the connotations” of using the word “marriage”.
Guernsey’s Chief Minister Jonathan Le Tocq said: “Matters such as sexuality and religion should not be the concern of government, however we do have to protect human rights.”
“Guernsey needs to modernise its legislation so that all couples, whether same sex or opposite sex, religious or not, can have their relationship legally recognised by the state.”
Martin Gavert, Liberate chair, said: “Guernsey tries to promote itself as a modern, forward looking society in many ways.
“However, it sadly lags far behind many other jurisdictions when it comes to being a fair and equal society.
“This is our chance as an island to help put this right by supporting the Policy Council’s proposition to introduce Union Civile legislation. It is not just about marriage equality – it is about Guernsey being a fair and equal island, which values each and everyone of its citizens.”
Liberate emphasise that they are campaigning for full marriage equality – not civil partnerships.