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Isle of Man civil partnership bill debate delayed

Alan Bell
Economic development minister Allan Bell tabled the new bill

A debate on proposals to give same-sex couples in the Isle of Man the right to a civil partnership has been postponed.

Tynwald was due to debate the Civil Partnership Bill on Tuesday but it was delayed for technical reasons.

The bill had its first reading in February and was expected to go through the consideration of clauses stage on Tuesday.

If the bill is passed, gay and lesbian couples will have the same rights as those who are married.

Economic development minister Allan Bell tabled the bill.

He believes it would be "the last move towards equal rights for gay people" on the island.

Civil partnerships were introduced in the UK in 2004.

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