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Call for civil partnerships in Guernsey

Gay rights campaigners in Guernsey plan to lobby the island's politicians for the introduction of civil partnerships.

It follows a unanimous vote by the States on Thursday to lower the homosexual age of consent to 16.

The move brought it into line with the heterosexual age of consent on the island.

Ellyse Evans, of the homosexual rights pressure group Any Which Way, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity to take that step forward."

Christopher Butler-Skillett, who is also a member of the group, said he wanted to show his commitment to his partner with a civil partnership.

He said: "Why should I have to leave Guernsey to do it somewhere else when I really shouldn't have to?

"I want all my friends, my family with me. I want everybody to celebrate what we have together and our love for each other and that's what we want."

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