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ISLE OF MAN

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The Isle of Man is a Crown dependency and not a sovereign nation. It is an independently administered jurisdiction and a possesion of the British Crown though not part of the United Kingdom or of the European Union. Each Crown dependency has a Chief Minister as head of government. The power to pass legislation affecting the island rests ultimately with their own House of Keys and Legislative Council, with the assent of the Crown. For British nationality purposes, the Isle of Man is treated as part of the UK.

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Age of Consent Legislation/Cases/References
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Dependency

On 11 July 2006, the age of consent was equalised at 16 years [R1.2]


Sexual Offences 1992 (amended 11 July 2006) [L1.1].

Section 9 Unnatural Offences –

(1) A person ("A") who commits buggery with another person ("B") –

(a) where A has attained the age of 16 and B is under the age of 16, or

(b) elsewhere than in private,

shall be guilty of an offence;

(2) A person who is guilty of an offence under subsection (1) shall be liable on conviction on information -

(a) if with a person under the age of 16 and so charged in the information, to imprisonment for life;

(b) otherwise, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 7 years

R1.2 PinkNews.co.uk: Isle of Man to consider civil partnerships for gay couples 22 FEB 10
L1.1 AT 6 of 1992: Sexual Offences Act 1992 PDF 576.40kb, 12 NOV 13
Civil Unions, Partners: Domestic, Registered Legislation/Cases/References
See also: [MARRIAGE]
1.

Dependency

On 19 July 2016, the Marriage and Civil Partnership Act received Royal Assent with the legislation giving heterosexual couples the legal right to enter into civil partnerships as an alternative to marriage as well as allowing same-sex marriages with effect on 22 July 2016 [R1.5].

On 06 April 2011, the new Civil Partnership legislation was officially introduced, affording people in a same sex relationship the same rights as a married couple, with the same rights regarding pensions, tax and inheritance [R1.4].

On 15 March 2011, the Civil Partnership Bill was given Royal Assent in Tynwald meaning it can now be introduced into Manx Law. Same sex couples will now be able to have a civil partnership when it's officially introduced on 06 April [R1.3].

UK civil partnerships are recognised on the Isle of Man [R1.2].


In February 2010, the House of Keys was expected to debate whether to introduce civil partnerships for gay couples on the island [R1.1].

L1.6 Legislation: Marriage and Civil Partnership Act (Accessed 06 AUG 16)
R1.5 BBCnews: Same-sex Manx marriages can go ahead after Royal Assent 19 JUL 16
R1.4 3FM: Civil Partnership legislation officially introduced today 06 APR 11
R1.3 3FM: Civil Partnership Bill Given Royal Assent 15 MAR 11
R1.2 PinkNews.co.uk: Jersey votes to allow civil partnerships 20 OCT 09
R1.1 PinkNews.co.uk: Isle of Man to consider civil partnerships for gay couples 22 FEB 10

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Gender Identity, Intersex,
Transgender, Transexual

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Legislation/Cases/References
1.

Dependency

In April 2009, a Gender Recognition bill designed to protect trans people on the Isle of Man has received unanimous backing on its third and final reading at the Legislative Council. It is now being sent for Royal Assent [R1.2].

In March 2009, the Gender Recognition bill was introduced to conform to the latest European Court of Human Rights rulings and to bring the Isle of Man in line with the rest of the UK [R1.1].

R1.2 PinkNews.co.uk: Gender recognition bill to provide protection to Isle of Man trans residents 30 APR 09
R1.1 PinkNews.co.uk: Manx gender recognition bill moves forward 11 MAR 09
Homosexuality, Sodomy Legislation/Cases/References
See also: [AGE OF CONSENT]
1.

Dependency

In 1992, consensual sex between same-sex couples was decriminalised [R1.3]

In 1992, Section 10 of the Sexual Offences Act prohibits such activity by a man who is a crew member on a Manx-registered merchant ship - quaere female crew members are not so constrained [R1.2].


Sexual Offences 1992 (amended 11 July 2006) [L1.1].

Section 9 Unnatural Offences –

(1) A person ("A") who commits buggery with another person ("B") –

(a) where A has attained the age of 16 and B is under the age of 16, or

(b) elsewhere than in private,

shall be guilty of an offence;

(2) A person who is guilty of an offence under subsection (1) shall be liable on conviction on information -

(a) if with a person under the age of 16 and so charged in the information, to imprisonment for life;

(b) otherwise, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 7 years

Section 10. Provision supplemental to s 9

(3) In its application to an act committed on a Manx merchant ship by a man who is a member of the crew of that ship with a man who is a member of the crew of that ship or of another Manx merchant ship, section 9(1) and (4) shall have effect with the omission of paragraphs (a) and (b) [L1.1]

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R1.3 PinkNews.co.uk: Isle of Man to consider civil partnerships for gay couples 22 FEB 10
R1.2 IOMToday: Gay sex ban was an oversight 05 MAR 14
L1.1 AT 6 of 1992: Sexual Offences Act 1992 PDF 576.40kb, 12 NOV 13
MarriageLegislation/Cases/References
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Dependency

On 19 July 2016, the Marriage and Civil Partnership Act received Royal Assent with the legislation enabling same-sex marriages with effect on 22 July 2016 [L1.9], [R1.8].

On 06 July 2016, Chief Minister Allan Bell insisted that the same-sex Marriage and Civil Partnership (Amendment) Act legislation was expected to get Royal Assent next week and then be formally promulgated next year [R1.7].

On 26 April 2016, it was reported that Marriage and Civil Partnership (Amendment) Bill had its third reading and was passed 6-3 in the Legislative Council [R1.6].

On 24 March 2016, the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Amendment) Bill passed the first reading in Legislative Council 6-3 [R1.5].

On 08 March 2016, the House of Keys approved the island's same-sex marriage bill in its third reading on a vote of 17-3. The bill now moves to the islandís upper house, the Legislative Council [R1.4].

On 01 March 2016, the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Amendment) Bill 2016 (previously the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill) allowing same-sex couples to marry and heterosexual couples to form a civil partnership, passed the clauses stage in the House of Keys [L1.3], [R1.2].

On 24 June 2014, Policy and Reform Minister Chris Robertshaw was reported to have told the Tynwald that same-sex marriages recorded in England and Wales will be treated as civil partnerships in the island as should overseas marriages, the Tynwald agreed [R1.1].

L1.9 Legislation: Marriage and Civil Partnership Act (Accessed 06 AUG 16)
R1.8 BBCnews: Same-sex Manx marriages can go ahead after Royal Assent 19 JUL 16
R1.7 IOM Today: No delay for same sex marriage, insists Bell 06 JUL 16
R1.6 BBCnews: Isle of Man same-sex marriage bill approved 26 APR 16
R1.5 IOMtoday: Same sex marriage approved by Isle of Manís Legislative Council 24 MAR 16
R1.4 ThePerchyBird: Isle of Manís Gay Marriage Bill Approved in Lower House 09 MAR 16
L1.3 Bill: Marriage and Civil Partnership (Amendment) Bill 2016 PDF 703.94kb, 02 MAR 16
R1.2 ManxRadio: Landmark for same sex marriage bill 01 MAR 16
R1.1 iomToday: Same-sex marriages to be treated as civil partnerships in Isle of Man 24 JUN 14
Parenting, Adoption, Fostering Legislation/Cases/References
1.

Dependency

On 06 April 2011, amendment to the Civil Partnership Act 2011 gave same-sex and unmarried couples the same rights to adopt children [R1.1].

R1.1 BBC News: New laws raise hopes for more adoptions in Isle of Man 15 APR 11

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