Isle of Man gay couples get right to civil partnership

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Gay couples on the Isle of Man will get the right to a civil partnership after a new law was signed in Tynwald, the island's parliament.

It gives them the same rights as married couples regarding inheritance, pensions and tax allowances.

The law comes into effect on 6 April. Civil partnerships gained legal recognition in the UK in 2006.

Allan Bell, MHK, Minister for Economic Development, who tabled the bill says gay rights have been brought in line with the UK after a 20-year battle.