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Civil Partnership legislation officially introduced today

Wednesday, April 6th 2011 01:00

It will afford people in a same sex relationship the same rights as a married couple, with the same rights regarding pensions, tax and inheritance.

It’s a landmark day on the Isle of Man with the new Civil Partnership legislation officially introduced.

It will afford people in a same sex relationship the same rights as a married couple, with the same rights regarding pensions, tax and inheritance.

It’s been seen as a progressive step forward for the Isle of Man who only decriminalised homosexuality in 1992.

The bill was introduced in the UK in 2006.

The Civil Registry is responsible for the registration procedures proscribed under the Act.

The Civil Partnership Bill has been tabled by Economic development minister Allan Bell.

He has been telling 3FM that the Island was intolerable for people within the gay community before it was decriminalised in 1992. 

There was a spate of suicides of young people on the Isle of Man who, Allan Bell said, could no longer tolerate living in such a repressive society.

 From today the couples can begin the procedure that will eventually result in them having their partnership recognised by law.

Ian Gilmore from the registry told 3FM that there has been increased demand for the introduction of the legislation, and anticipates its introduction will have a limited, but fairly significant impact on the registrars.

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