On Tuesday, the Isle of Man is scheduled to hold its first reading on the same-sex marriage bill submitted to Parliament. The bill is being led by the island’s Chief Minister, Alan Bell, who last year announced that he is gay.
The Isle of Man currently has civil partnerships with full adoption rights, but the Chief Minister says that now is the time to pass a universal marriage law to close the chapter on what he calls the Isle of Man’s “dark days”, or the period between the 80s and early 90s when several members of Parliament treated the notion of decriminalizing homosexual relations with fierce opposition. Same-sex sexual activity has been legal there since 1992.
Bell’s hopes are to pass the bill in the coming weeks with summer weddings as the final goal.
For more information on the LGBT rights situation in the Isle of Man, please visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_the_Isle_of_Man