Celebration for gay community if Estonia brings same-sex marriage to Eastern Europe

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01/04/2024

The Estonian parliament decided on a “gender-neutral” marriage legislation in June. The law no longer mentions “a man and a woman” but “two natural persons” who can marry. Gays with a registered partnership (introduced in 2016) can now change this to marriage through a simplified procedure. Baltic News Network has reported about this. The move is the result of the new Prime Minister Kaja Kallas. Her goal is to turn Estonia more toward the progressive West instead of continuing to lean toward conservative Russia. The new law confirms that a child cannot have more than two parents. It also preserves the principle that the rights and obligations in relation to a child are first and foremost the responsibility of biological parents, as BNN reports.

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