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Same sex marriage Bill put forward again on Isle of Man

Chief Minister Allan Bell spoke strongly in favour of the Bill yesterday in the House of Keys Credit: ITV

A second reading has taken place on the Isle of Man to legalise a same sex marriage Bill.

Chief Minister Allan Bell spoke in the House of Keys yesterday to outline why the island's government, Tynwald, should vote in favour of the legislation.

MHKs who opposed the Bill included Eddie Teare, John Houghton, Zac Hall and Chris Robertshaw.

Numerous online petitions in favour of the Bill have been shared on social media via change.org.

To view the Bill, visit http://www.tynwald.org.im/

The fact that same sex couples can marry will have absolutely no effect on another person's marriage, the Church of England and many other religious bodies. We'll continue to maintain their view on what constitutes a marriage as only being a marriage between a man and a woman.

– Chief Minister Allan Bell