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James I will quite happily discuss the consequences of same sex marriage on these areas for you. In the UK there was a bill to allow same sex couples to get married in religious ceremonies where before they could not. This has prompted the above comments. Same sex marriage will not lead to incestual marriage. The origin for the desire to allow same sex couples to marry is so they will be treated equally - that they would not be discriminated against. Being homosexual is not illegal and they should be able to live their lives as fully as anyone else. Incest however is illegal and thus incestual marriage is a crime. The law will not be changed to allow an unlawful activity to take place on the same discrimination grounds. As an aside in researching whether incest was legal here I came across this: http://www.thisisguernsey.com/latest/2006/01/19/father-filmed-sex-with-his-daughter/ I don't understand why he only got 14 months. For tax purposes in Guernsey there are no great benefits. Instead of getting a single persons allowance two people share a married persons allowance which is just twice the amount of a single persons allowance. Married couples can elect to transfer their allowance to their spouse if they wish for tax purposes. However you don't need to married to do this so flat mates can fake if they want to now. Same sex marriage won't change this. Also I do not believe the tax authority actually cares as long as it gets its tax! Over the years the wording on the forms has changed from wife to spouse in what I understand to be more sensitive to all types of relationships. The legal consequences in the UK were that same sex couples could update their civil partnerships to a marriage and transsexuals could acquire legal recognition in their genders without ending their marriages. In Guernsey we have no civil partnership law. If we had either that or marriage a same sex couples would be entitled to the same rights as a heterosexual couple.