Today, the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Amendment) Bill 2016 was approved in the Isle of Man’s Upper House, the Legislative Council, on a 6-3 vote. The final reading in the Legislative Council ends the bill’s journey through the different voting rounds and it will be signed in Tynwald Court then sent for Royal Assent so the law can come into effect.
The bill seeks to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples and allow heterosexual couples access to civil partnerships.
The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Amendment) Bill 2016 began its journey in the House of Keys, the island’s Lower House, where it was approved on a vote of 17-3 in March.
Same-sex couples currently in civil partnerships will be able to convert their union to a marriage. Civil partnerships on the island already allowed full adoption rights and the Isle of Man’s leader, Chief Minister Alan Bell, who publicly announced his relationship with a man last year, called the bill a way of crossing off a dark chapter in the island’s history regarding LGBT issues.
The Chief Minister hopes to have weddings start in the summer.
-Congratulations to our friends in the Isle of Man!