Estonian Same-Sex Union Law Now in Effect but Couples Told to Wait
On January 1st 2016, Estonia became the first former Soviet Republic to legalise civil partnerships.
Only they didn’t, not really.
The Estonian Government are now advising same-sex couples not to enter into a civil union until the new law is workable. It appears there are a number of ‘uncertainties’ relating to (but not limited to) inheritance and divorce. In short, the law wasn't ready.
Couples are free to go ahead with a civil partnership if they choose, but it isn’t advised, and there’s no indication of how long the legal confusion is expected to last.
It's been a hard won bill; opposition halted its progress both in 2013 and 2014.