15 July 2016
During the Social & Community Development Committee meeting on Wednesday 13 July 2016, responses gathered from the recent questionnaire on amendments to the Marriage Bill were counted.
A total of 145 questionnaires were returned, with the following results:
Are you in Favour of Marriage Becoming Available to Same Gender Couples on St Helena Island?
- 79 respondents were in favour
- 66 respondents were not in favour
Are you in Favour of Weddings Being Conducted at Approved Venues Around the Island Other Than Churches and the Registry where they can Currently be Carried Out?
- 109 respondents were in favour
- 33 respondents were not in favour
- 3 respondents did not answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’
The Chairman of the Social & Community Development Committee, Councillor Brian Isaac, said:
“We would like to thank all those people who completed and returned a questionnaire. Our aim was to gauge public opinion on two questions relating to amendments to the Marriage Bill and we now have a clearer idea of how people feel.
“Along with answers to the questions, a number of comments were also received on the questionnaires. These comments will be considered by the Committee before proposing amendments to ExCo for a decision in time for the formal Legislative Council Meeting in October.”
15 July 2016