The Isle of Man, a self-governing British dependency, is the newest country to grant same-sex couples the right to civil partnerships.
After years of campaigning for marriage rights for same-sex couples in the Isle of Man, Humanists are celebrating their success.
Gay and lesbian couples gain the right to civil partnership thanks to a new law signed in the Tynwald, the Manx parliament, on March 15, 2011.
As with civil partnerships in the UK, the new law gives civil partners the same rights as married couples regarding inheritance, pensions and tax allowances. The law comes into effect on 6 April 2011.
Located in the Irish Sea, midway between Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland, the Isle of Man is home to the world’s oldest parliament.
Homosexuality was decriminalized in the Isle of Man in 1992.