Estonia welcomes civil partnerships
Estonia has passed a new law allowing same-sex couples to enter into civil partnerships, making it the first former Soviet state to grant legal recognition to gay partners. The law, which will take effect in 2016, has been hailed by some as a sign that Estonia is moving away from Moscow’s conservative influence and aligning with its more liberal Scandinavian neighbors.
“The Constitution dictates equal treatment of all citizens. In a society that respects human rights … homosexual couples have full rights to enjoy family life and a right not to be condemned,” said President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, a strong supporter of the reforms, as he signed the bill into law.
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