Same-sex marriage is now legal on the Isle of Man


Plans to approve same-sex marriage on the Isle of Man have finally been approved by legislators.

The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Amendment) Bill passed its third reading in the Legislative Council with six votes for and three against.

The bill allows same-sex couples to marry and heterosexual couples to enter into civil partnerships, a sign of true equality.

Until 1992 homosexuality was a crime in the Isle of Man, and anyone caught engaging in same-sex relationships faced the potential of life in prison.

The Manx Rainbow Association told the BBC that the changes show the Isle of Man is “shaking off its dark past”.

Same-sex couples have been able to enter civil partnerships since 2011 on the Isle, but not marriage.



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