On Tuesday, Estonian parliament agreed to make marriages between people of the same gender lawful, making Estonia the first Baltic state to do so.
The Tallinn Parliament decided to abolish gender restrictions on marriage, paving the way for couples of either gender to wed. The law will become operational the next year.
After the voting, the Prime Minister of Estonia, Kaja Kallas, stated that “this is a decision that does not take anything away from anyone but gives something important to many.”
“I am proud to be Estonian,” Kallas continued, “and I believe that everyone should have the right to marry the person they love and want to make a lifelong commitment to.”
The proposition was approved with 55 votes in favor and 34 votes opposed to it.
A vote of no confidence in the government that was connected to the decision was also won by Kallas’ administration.
Since 2014, partners of the same sexual orientation have been entitled to form civil unions in Estonia.
However, it has taken until this point for parliament to close the legal loopholes that barred couples of the same sexual orientation from enjoying the same privileges as heterosexual couples.