Estonia's parliament approved a law to legalise same-sex marriage, making it the first Baltic state to do so. The law will come into effect from 2024.
Two adults will be able to marry “regardless of their gender,” after the parliament approved amendments to the country’s Family Law Act.
The bill received 55 votes in the 101-seat parliament, from the coalition of liberal and social democratic parties which Prime Minister Kaja Kallas has assembled following her strong win in the 2023 election.
“Everyone should have the right to marry the person they love and want to commit to,” Kallas said. “With this decision, we are finally stepping among other Nordic countries as well as all the rest of the democratic countries in the world where marriage equality has been granted".
Same-sex marriage is legal in much of western Europe but not in Baltic countries which were once under communist rule and members of the Moscow-led Warsaw Pact alliance.