Plans to allow same sex-marriage in the Isle of Man are to go to public consultation.
The Same Sex Marriage Bill is expected to be introduced into the branches of Tynwald during the 2015-16 session.
A public consultation on the proposals will begin later this month.
Chief Minister Allan Bell MHK said the progress of new legislation would send out a strong message that the Island is a modern and inclusive nation.
Same sex marriage legislation has been implemented in England, Wales and Scotland in the past two years, while 62% of voters in Ireland expressed support for its introduction during a referendum in May.
The Chief Minister said he would be giving the Council of Ministers a free vote on the Bill.