A few important points about the Registered Partnership Act and pride marches in Estonia
Dear LGBT+ community,
Recently, some misleading information about the situation for LGBT+ community in Estonia has been circulating. We, the Estonian LGBT Association, would like to clarify some important points.
First, although the Estonian Registered Partnership Act is not fully implemented, partners can enter into registered partnership contracts and the contracts are legally valid. The registering is done by notaries and the contracts are therefore recognized by the Chamber of Notaries. The Registered Partnership Act entered into force on 1 January, 2016 and since then, about 30 couples have registered and about 10 second-parent adoption decisions have come from courts.
Second, the Estonian LGBT Association has not made any deals with politicians promising not to organize pride marches. We are not organizing pride marches because we are convinced that other tools work better in Estonia and thus have focused on them (cultural festivals, open air concerts, training activities, advocacy, etc). Therefore, we do not plan to organize a pride march next year in Tallinn, yet we won’t prevent other Estonian activists from organizing parades.
If you have any questions or thoughts you’d like to share, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
President of the Estonian LGBT Association
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