Isle of Man leapfrogs Britain

From today the Isle of Man – which for decades has lagged behind its mainland neighbour on bi and gay rights – leaps ahead with partnership recognition reform.

As well as extending marriage to same-sex couples the island will open up civil partnerships to mixed-sex couples – something which was in the original civil partnerships bill for Britain but was removed before it became law.

It’s a remarkable move given it took 25 years for the Isle of Man to follow the UK’s lead in decriminalising sex between men – which happened in 1967 for much of the UK but took until 1992 to be agreed by the island’s parliament, the House of Keys.

The change in the law was brought through the House of Keys earlier this year by Independent MHK Allan Bell.