Estonia becomes first Central European nation to allow same-sex marriage
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Estonia's parliament passed a law legalizing same-sex marriage, making it the first Central European nation to do so.
An Overview of the News
Same-sex marriage is prohibited in several former communist Central European countries that were once part of the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact.
In 2014, Estonia legalized same-sex partnerships.
In 2016, the government passed an anti-discrimination law to protect LGBTQ+ individuals from discrimination in employment, education, and other areas.
About Estonia Same-sex Marriage Bill:
The bill was passed by 55 votes in the 101-seat parliament, with the support of a coalition of liberal and social democratic parties led by Prime Minister Kailas, who will win the 2023 election.
The new law will go into effect in 2024.
A recent poll by the Center for Human Rights found that 53% of Estonians support same-sex marriage, compared to 34% a decade earlier.
The Estonian parliament voted on the bill and it passed, making Estonia the first country in the Baltic region to legalize same-sex marriage.
Why Same-sex marriage in Estonia?
According to the government, half of Estonians in the LGBTQ+ community have recently experienced harassment.
Tomas Jermalavicius, head of studies at the International Center for Defense and Security, believes that Estonia's successful legalization of same-sex marriage was aided by changing public opinion and Kailas' strong electoral victory.
Latvia and Lithuania, the other two Baltic nations formerly annexed by the Soviet Union, have not yet legalized same-sex marriage.
Same-sex partnership bills in Latvia and Lithuania are stuck in their parliaments.
Same-sex marriage allows same-sex couples to formalize their commitment and build a stable foundation for their families.
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