Estonia’s Parliament Likely to Debate Same Sex Marriage by Public Demand

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10/29/2020

The Estonian Green Party is celebrating after its petition calling for same-sex marriage broke all records.The party posted the petition on the official parliamentary site. Petitions on the site which gather over 1,000 signatures are debated in the Riigikogu, Estonia’s parliament. In this case, the petition has now secured over 30,000 signatures – making it the biggest in the site’s history. While that may seem small by the standards of other countries, the European nation only has a population of around 1,329,000. Kadri Org, democracy expert at the Estonian Cooperation Assembly told ERR News: “Rahvaalgatus.ee has been operating for four-and-a-half years from March 2016. Since then, 51 collective proposals have been drafted and sent to the Riigikogu through the platform. Most of the collective proposals that have been sent to the Riigikogu have received a few thousand signatures maximum. The second-highest number of supportive signatures that a petition has received is slightly over 7,000.” That 7,000 name petition was about animal rights. Likewise, a petition to end fur farming in Estonia gathered over 6,000 signatures and generated a debate by Riigikogu members.

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