Isle of Man’s Same-sex Marriage Bill Receives Second Reading in Upper House

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On Tuesday, the Isle of Man’s same-sex marriage bill moved out of the amendment stage and is headed for its final reading in the Upper House.

The bill was approved in the House of Keys (Lower House) last month and received its second reading in the Legislative Council (Upper House) this week.

Once the bill receives its third reading in the coming days, it will be sent for Royal Assent and should come into force not long after.

The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Amendment) Bill 2016 seeks to extend marriage equality on the island by allowing same-sex couples in civil partnerships to convert their status to married, allowing new couples to tie the knot, and extends civil partnerships to couples made up of the opposite sex.

The Chief Minister expects weddings to begin in the summer if the process is on schedule.

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