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Same-sex union bill clears final hurdle

Island landmark as gay marriage legalised

A bill allowing same-sex unions to officially become law has been signed off.

Confirmation was made in Tynwald that Royal Assent had been granted by the Privy Council in the UK.

It's a landmark step for gay couples, who've been allowed to enter civil partnerships since 2011.

The legislation will become effective from Friday (July 22).

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