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More protection for Manx asexuals

MHK says equality should cover even the most marginal sections of society

People who feel no sexual attraction to others will be afforded greater legal rights in the Island, if a new Bill comes into force.

The landmark Equality Bill - which outlaws discrimination on the grounds of race, religion, gender and sexuality - was subjected to several amendments in the House of Keys this week.

Among them was a new clause extending the rights to those who identify as asexual - and therefore have negligible sexual interest in partners of any gender.

It's estimated around 1% of people in the United Kingdom define themselves as asexual.

East Douglas MHK Clare Bettison, who tabled the amendment, says equality should 'cover everyone' - even if it is a marginal section of society:

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