The Isle of Man’s House of Keys sent the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill to the next round on a vote of 18-4 while a motion to send the bill to the committee stage was rejected on a similar vote count. The island’s Chief Minister stated that the proposal will now enter the clauses stage which should wrap up in a couple of weeks.
Isle of Man allows civil partnerships with full adoption rights which prompted those who voted against the proposal on Tuesday to question the intention to allow couples to marry. The Chief Minister and several supporters argued for a marriage bill on the basis of full equality for everyone.
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