Wednesday, 22 May 2013 22:11

Isle Of Man Lesbian Couple Can't Rent The House They Wanted Because Of Their Sexual Orientation

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kira laura

 

 

Following a discriminatory act based on their sexual orientation, a lesbian couple of Isle of Man wishes an anti-discriminatory law for LGBTQ people.

 

The landlord refused the rental agreement with Kara Izzard and Laura Cull because they are lesbians.

 

They have had then the bad surprise to discover that there is no law in Isle of Man to protect them in this kind of situation whereas civil unions and adoption are possible for same-sex couples.

 

"I was so shocked to hear this and felt sick, said Cull.

"I didn't know where to go or what to do as I didn't have a legal leg to stand on so after speaking with my partner Kira we thought that the only thing we could do was to share our story with as many people as possible and try and raise awareness that on this beautiful island that we call home we can still be treated this way."

They decided to launch a petition calling for the introduction of the UK's Equality Act 2010.

 

According to the BBC, Rob McDowall, who chairs the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender network (LGBT), has subsequently written to each of the island's politicians to raise his concerns.

 

Chief Minister of the Isle of Man, Allan Bell, felt "extremely disappointed" vis-a-vis such a damage.

 

"I am extremely disappointed that this type of ugly, outdated prejudice survives after all the work that has been done over the past 20 years or so to make the island a more tolerant place," he said.

"I do believe that our society today is generally much more tolerant than it used to be. But this incident shows that there are still isolated pockets of bigotry that can only be tackled through legislation.

"An Equality Bill, based on the UK Equality Act 2010, is already in the drafting process and will deal with discrimination of this kind. I have asked that preparation of this legislation be accelerated," he added.

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