July 21, 2016
Different sex couples who have lived on the Isle of Man for two weeks or more will now be able to get a civil partnership.
The extension of this right to different sex couples was passed by the Isle of Man parliament in April this year and officially became law this week.
It now means that the British government, by denying civil partnerships to different-sex couples, becomes increasingly isolated in Western Europe. France, Portugal, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and many more countries already allow both same-sex and different-sex couples to get civil unions.
The Isle of Man parliament was clearly very proud of the leadership the island is showing. Chief Minister Alan Bell said:
“Recognition of marriage for same-sex couples in Manx law is a truly historic moment, showing just how far the Island has travelled over the past 30 years.
“It sends out a clear message that the Isle of Man today is a modern, open and inclusive society where equal rights are respected. I believe that the values of fairness and tolerance reflected in this legislation are shared by the overwhelming majority of our population.”
The Equal Civil Partnerships campaign hopes to take the enthusiasm and energy shown in the Isle of Man for this cause and translate it into action in the rest of Britain.