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Isle of Man allows heterosexual couples to enter into civil partnerships

First place in British Isles to confer such a right

The Isle of Man has become the first place in the British Isles to allow opposite sex couples to enter into civil partnerships as an alternative to marriage.

The Marriage and Civil Partnership Amendment Act 2016 came into effect on 22nd July. Its principal effect is to enable same sex couples to marry and confer on them corresponding rights to those of opposite sex married couples. They may marry either in a civil ceremony, in a register office or approved premises, or in religious premises (except those of the Church of England) subject to the agreement of the religious organisation in question.

It will be possible for same sex couples to convert their civil partnerships into marriages.