ESTONIA: Estonia votes to legalise same-sex marriage

Extract from article by Scott Reid, published on Euronews on 25/06/2023 – accessible here.

The Estonian parliament has voted to legalise same-sex marriage.

The move comes just two months after the country’s new liberal coalition government took office, and nine years after the country voted to introduce same-sex civil unions.

In April, Prime Minister Kaja Kallas promised to legislate for same-sex marriage “as fast as possible”. 

“Everyone should have the right to marry the person they love and want to commit to. With this decision we are finally stepping among … all the rest of the democratic countries in the world where marriage equality has been granted,“ Kallas said in a statement.

“This is a decision that does not take anything away from anyone but gives something important to many. It also shows that our society is caring and respectful towards each other. I am proud of Estonia,“ she said.