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Equality charities are celebrating after gay marriage was finally legalized on the Channel Island of Jersey. Politicians voted to pass the new marriage laws on Thursday night by a majority of 42-1. It followed in the footsteps of other British crown dependencies Guernsey, Alderney and the Isle of Man. The decision leaves Northern Ireland as the only place within the British Isles yet to approve same-sex wedding ceremonies. The historic debate was held over two years after equal marriage was originally agreed in principle by States members in the Jersey government but it has since been bogged down in amendments.

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