TALLINN - Estonia’s Implementation Act — which paves the way towards equal rights for the country’s LGBT couples — scraped past its first reading in parliament on Wednesday, Nov. 25 by just one vote.
MPs voted 42 to 41 to pass the act, which clears up legislation around the Cohabitation Act that grants same-sex couples the same rights as heterosexual partnerships.
The Cohabitation Act will pass into law in Jan. 2016 — making Estonia the first ex-Soviet country to give equal status to same-sex relationships.
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