The UK government has ruled out not only straight civil partnerships but they have also said that they will not recognise straight civil partnerships entered into on the Isle of Man.
Civil partnerships came into play back in 2004 under Tony Blair’s government, as a way for same-sex couples to gain rights separate from marriage. Of course marriage equality was brought into law back in 2014, and since then a legal challenge was filed to let opposite-sex couples enter into civil partnerships as well.
While this issue is currently before the courts, the Isle of Man does have autonomy as a Crown Dependency, and they became the first place in the British Isles to legalise civil partnerships for opposite-sex couples.
However, any reform on this issue has been ruled out by a UK government minister, and also said that the UK government will not be recognising straight civil partnerships entered into on the Isle of Man. This is especially important as UK citizens have been traveling to the Isle of Man to enjoy their equal marriage law.
Equalities minister Caroline Dinenage said: “The 2004 Civil Partnership Act created civil partnerships for same sex couples only. The Act sets out how such relationships entered into outside the UK will be treated. It lists overseas relationships that will be treated as civil partnerships in the UK.”
“It also sets out the conditions that, if met, will result in a relationship entered into elsewhere – but not included in the list – being treated as a civil partnership here. As opposite sex couples cannot lawfully register a civil partnership here, the Act provides that couples registering a relationship overseas are not to be treated as having formed a civil partnership if, at the time the relationship was formed, they were not of the same sex.”
“This rule applies in the same way wherever a couple registers their relationship, and treats UK nationals and couples from elsewhere in the same way. It means that an opposite sex civil partnership registered in the Isle of Man is not treated as a civil partnership as a matter of UK law.”