Jersey politician in call for beach weddings

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image captionIf approved the legislation would allow religious and non-religious ceremonies in the open air

Hosting wedding ceremonies on Jersey beaches will boost the number of visitors, according to a politician.

Deputy Louise Doublet has proposed extending the marriage laws to allow outdoor weddings.

She said despite having some of the best beaches in Europe, it was not possible to get married on the beaches that surround Jersey.

Marriages are only permitted in churches or registered premises approved by a parish constable.

Deputy Doublet said: "The main reason is having equality, allowing people to have the freedom of belief and get married how they like."

The law does allow weddings in heritage sites such as Gorey Castle and La Hougue Bie, but does not extend to anywhere not covered by a roof.

image captionIt is currently only possible to get married in places approved by parish constables including castles

The dean of Jersey, The Very Reverent Bob Key, said he would not want to see any change that waters down marriage vows.

He said he would support the idea of Christian weddings on the beach.

Deputy Doublet said many couples who enjoy an outdoor lifestyle are forced to travel to another country for their ideal beach wedding.

She said tourism in Jersey was changing and wedding tourism was one sector where there was capacity for growth.

Her proposition will be debated in September.

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