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First British couple - who aren't the same sex - to have a civil partnership ceremony ask why did they have to go the Isle of Man to have it?

A couple from Havant in Hampshire have taken part in the first civil partnership involving a man and a woman in Britain.

In most of the country civil partnerships are only available to same sex couples. However, the Isle of Man which is a crown dependency and has powers to make its own domestic laws - changed its laws to become the first place in Britain to allow heterosexual civil partnerships

Claire Beale and Martin Loat have been together a very long time - but never wanted to marry. However they did want the legal recognition a civil partnership would give their relationship, so they travelled 360 miles to the Isle of Man. Andy Bonner was there.

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