Estonia Recognises its First Same-Sex Marriage



Estonia has recognised its first same-sex marriage, and campaigners are hopeful that more could follow.

The two men were married in Sweden but now live together in Estonia.  

When the men tried to register their marriage they were refused by authorities in the Baltic State. 

This was later overruled by a judge in the District Court on the grounds that there was ‘nothing in the way’ to stop them.


Estonia became the first former Soviet Republic to legalise same-sex partnerships back in 2016. The “Cohabitation Agreement” was seen as a major step forward in a region rarely associated with LGBT rights.  

As we reported in January 2016, however, there were some serious kinks in the legislation and couples were encouraged not to rush into a civil partnership until the new law was entirely ironed out.  It wasn’t the auspicious start that campaigners had hoped for. 

But this latest news is both heartening and encouraging, and we look forward to seeing what 2017 brings to Estonia’s gay community. 

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