Estonia Civil Unions Law Takes Effect, But Gay Couples Advised To Wait

Estonia’s civil partnership law, approved in 2014, took effect on Friday, but gay and lesbian couples are being advised to hold off on exchanging vows.

Passage of the law made Estonia the first former Soviet nation to recognize such unions.

The new law gives straight and gay couples most of the rights afforded to married couples, though adoption rights are limited to biological children.

While lawmakers had more than a year to approve rules required to implement the civil partnership law, Parliament has yet to fully do so.

According to the AP, the Estonian Chamber of Notaries is advising couples not to enter into unions until lawmakers adopt laws related to divorce, inheritance and other practical matters.

by Carlos Santoscoy
Source – On Top Magazine