Same-sex couples will be able to marry in the Isle of Man, 24 years after gay sex was decriminalised on the island.
A new law from today also lets heterosexual couples have civil partnerships instead of marriages if they prefer.
The Isle of Man’s marriage (same sex couples) bill 2016 was promoted by Allan Bell, the island’s chief minister, who has been in a gay relationship for over 20 years.
Mr Bell said he had no plans to marry his partner imminently but that he hoped there would be a queue outside the register office today. Religious institutions are not exempt from the act.
Bell was one of a number of politicians who faced insults in the House of Keys, the directly elected lower branch of Tynwald, the parliament of the Isle of Man, when arguing for decriminalisation of homosexuality. One politician said that to legalise gay sex would “lead to a charter for wimps and perverts to further infect society”.
Congratulations to the Isle of Man for their wisdom and humanity.