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5th January 2016, 21:16

Referendum on the question of gay marriage has apparently not been ruled out

A referendum on the question of gay marriage has apparently not been ruled out, even though proposed legislation to allow same-sex couples to marry has been submitted to public consultation. Yesterday the Government extended until the 29th of January the period during which views on a Command Paper for a Bill to legalise same-sex marriages could be submitted.

GBC asked whether the GSLP/Liberals' manifesto commitment to proceed with a Command Paper meant that the possibility of holding a referendum on this issue had been discarded. In response a spokesman at Number Six Convent Place told us that it would be premature to comment further until all the comments submitted by the public have been considered, once the consultation is closed.

A same-sex marriage referendum is opposed by the Equality Rights Group and the Secular Humanist Society.