Alderney politicians back same-sex marriage law

Alderney's government has approved a law allowing same-sex couples to marry on the island for the first time.

Nine of the Channel Island's ten politicians supported the move at a meeting on Wednesday.

The island follows neighbouring Guernsey, where same-sex couples have been able to marry since May 2017.

Jersey is drafting same-sex marriage legislation which it plans to introduce in 2018.

Alderney resident Allen Jones said the law would bring the island "into the 21st century", but one politician warned against its introduction.

Mr Jones and his partner Dits Preece plan to be the first same-sex couple to marry in Alderney, however the island's small openly gay community, thought to be around 20, will have to wait for the law to receive assent by the UK Privy Council.

Guernsey's same-sex marriage law, subject to the same process, took 15 months to come into effect following political approval. Read more via BBC