Love wins, again! Same-sex marraige has now been finally approved in the Isle of Man.
The bill which has finally brought about this happy occasion is the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Amendment) Bill, which had it’s third and final reading in the Legislative Council of the Isle of Man today.
The voting was pretty decisive, with six in favour and three against.
The bill gives marriage equality to same-sex people, as well as allowing opposite-sex couples to have civil partnerships. The civil partnership option is currently not even available to straight couples in the rest of the UK.
Chief Minister Allan Bell revealed late last year that he had been in a same-sex relationship for the past 21 years. He said at the time that legalising gay marriage would draw a line under the Isle of Man’s “dark days”.
You might have been around to see a campaign to decriminalize homosexuality in the 1980s which was met with bigotry fro the Manx parliament. It wasn’t until 1992 that homosexuality was decriminalised in the Isle of Man.
Bell said: “Everyone who loves their partner, whether same-sex or otherwise, must have equal rights to share their lives. It’s a totally logical human right and human expectation that straight couples and gay couples should be able to enjoy life with the partner that they choose and I totally support that.”