Civil Partnership Bill faces final hurdle

THE controversial Civil Partnership Bill faces its final hurdle in the House of Keys today (Tuesday).

It is down for a third reading.

The bill would enable same sex couples to obtain legal recognition of their relationship through a civil partnership and remove restrictions so they could adopt.

Ramsey MHK Allan Bell, who has guided the bill through the Keys, has warned the Isle of Man has been a 'pariah' in terms of equality legislation but was now 'opening up opportunities for people without prejudice and bigotry which they had suffered in the past'.

At the clauses stage, when the fine detail of legislation was scrutinised, two MHKs voted against the bill: Glenfaba MHK David Anderson and Douglas West MHK Geoff Corkish.

Mr Anderson highlighted research in Scandinavia which suggested that the success rates of civil partnerships were considerably lower than those in traditional marriages.

Some other MHKs have expressed some qualms about allowing a same sex couple in a civil partnership to adopt a child.

If the bill passes its third reading, that is not the end of the process.

It will move on to be considered by the Legislative Council for further debate, before it could be put forward for royal assent.


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I truly hope this passes. It would be good for the island to offer civil partnerships. I have to say I didn't realise just how long this process takes.


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