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The Isle of Man is Turning Towards Same-sex Marriage
(Blogmensgo, gay blog of January 28, 2016) The parliament of the Isle of Man wants to examine a legislative initiative in February 2016. This is the result of a public consultation whose details were published on January 22, 2016. The majority voted for same-sex marriage.
The council of ministers had held a public consultation on the question of same-sex marriage from October 15 to November 13, 2015. Of 176 responses, 90 were in favor, 76 against and 10 undecided.
Prime Minister Allan Bell is planning to present the legislative text to the parliament in February 2016. Apparently, the text will be similar to the texts that England and Wales had passed in 2013.
The Council of Ministers pointed out that three countries of the United Kingdom (England, Scotland and Wales) had already legalized same-sex marriage, and Jersey was working on it. The Irish voters had legalized gay marriage directly, i.e. via the referendum of May 22, 2015.
The responses to the public consultation (complete text) have shown very stubborn opinions on both sides. Besides individuals, the consultation also surveyed associations and organizations of all kinds – including two LGBT groups and seven religious associations.
The government addressed all concerns and remarks, no matter if they were in favor or against gay marriage. Despite some rather diplomatic wordings, we can notice a very gay-friendly undertone – see the text clipping above. In case the text is too small to read, here it is again in short: No, gay marriage will not undermine the institution of marriage in any way, nor will it lessen its meaning or any family values. And yes, same-sex couples – just like straight couples – can raise children with love.