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Isle of Man legalises gay civil partnerships

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  1. About bloody time!!

    I hate living on this backwards rock, it takes the Island 7 years to catch up to the UK!!

    what a joke!

  2. Ditto Tim.
    These people have not “chosen” to accept homosexuality, they have been dragged into the 21st century kicking and screaming.

  3. In addition – The Island of Jersey also passed it’s own Civil Partnership Bill recently and just yesterday the Parliament of Leichtenstein unanimously (21-0) passed a Registered Partnership Bill.

    Not full Marriage Equality – but hey, one step at a time.

  4. Fancy being called the Isle of Man and taking this long.

    Tut!

  5. Now what about Gunersey as well, is there a plan to have civil partnerships based on the UK model there as well – since Jersey just next door will soon allow them as well????!!!!!

    1. Erm I’m not sure how much the legislation has progressed, but I found this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/guernsey/8588716.stm

      So maybe we’ll see something in the future?

  6. Any other backwater British isle where there isn’t a CP being passed/discussed etc….it’s ridiculous that the UK has not put pressure on these places a bit sooner that’s assuming they have at all.. What influence does the British govt have if it can’t get these tiny places sorted out.

  7. I left the IOM years ago to live in the USA. IOM sits on a bedrock of institutional homophobia read the Hansard’s for proof. No out gay politicians on the Island. No Gay pubs or bars, take a look at gayforums iom to see how the closet door is welded firmly shut. Manx Forums full of religious nutcases ranting about homosexuals. Nice veneer at PR but the reality is that it sits on rotten wood. Gay? Give the IOM a serious miss you are not welcome there I can assure you.

  8. Doesnt their flag look at bit too much like a swastika for comfort?

  9. Jock S. Trap 18 Mar 2011, 9:44am

    It’s shocking that they have taken so long. Why has it taken them so long to give equality?

    I think the being backward comment is a little premature in light of the morgage part of the story.

  10. Dont get me wrong, I’ve live here my whole life and never faced any form of discrimination – its just the outdated laws that are still in place that bug me

    granted they dont enforce the laws but they should do their best to get rid of them!
    and Johnnys comment about the not being any “out” MHKs on the island is quite funny since i know at least 3 of them are gay!!

  11. George Broadhead 18 Mar 2011, 12:42pm

    Re the IOM legislation, this may be of interest:

    http://www.iheu.org/humanists-welcome-same-sex-partnership-law-isle-man

  12. Tim you might know three MHK’s who are gay but I can assure you they will never stand up and say so in any public forum where it matters. I repeat NO out MHK’s on the IOM. Institutional homophobia. Ask your three MHK;s to come and do an interview for Pink News telling everyone about what it’s like to be a Gay MHK on the IOM and see what they tell you then.

  13. As predicted no comment from Tim and no contact from the “3 MHK’s he knows are gay”. One of the closit members of the Legislative Council, the upper chamber of the IOM, was bleating on recently about the sanctity of marriage and not having it conducted in ways that bring it into disrepute! The IOM is a political homophobic madhouse.

  14. Gay Daily Mail Reader 4 Apr 2011, 9:42am

    So the Isle of Man didn’t crumble into the Irish Sea when they legalised homosexuality after all! While the legislation is catching up with the UK’s you cannot legislate against personal attitudes towards homosexuality (It’s legal in Iraq but don’t try coming out there!) but in time the average Manxman on the street of Douglas will have no problem with it.

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