Conservative People's Party Vows to Overturn Cohabitation Act ({{commentsTotal}})

Martin Helme Source: Photo: Postimees/Scanpix
News
News

The Conservative People's Party said the Cohabitation Act, which gives all couples, regardless of sexual orientation the right for legal protection, is ill-conceived and useless, goes against democratic principles and the will of the people.

The party said the current Parliament, which ends its term in less than five months, does not have the legitimacy to pass such important decisions. The Conservative People's party does not currently seat any MPs in the Parliament.

Party deputy chairman Martin Helme said his party is the only political force to insert the clause in its election program, adding that the party is also the only one in Estonia that does not have internal divisions over the question. Its leaders, board, members and supporters are all against the bill, which was signed by President Toomas Hendik Ilves and will enter force in 2016.

IRL has been the most vocal anti-Cohabitation Act party in Parliament, although many high-ranking members such as Eerik-Niiles Kross have spoken out for the law. A poll taken in August showed the vast majority of Center Party members are against, yet the party stayed largely silent on the issue and four MPs from the party voted for the bill.

The Reform Party and the Social Democrats, the coalition government, both voted mostly for, with only a few MPs against or undecided.



{{c.alias}}
{{c.createdMoment}}
{{c.body}}
{{cc.alias}}
{{cc.createdMoment}}
+{{cc.replyToName}} {{cc.body}}
No comments yet.
Logged in as {{user.alias}}. Log out
Login failed

Register user/reset password

Name needs to be fewer than 32 characters long
Comment needs to be fewer than 600 characters long
{{comment.captcha.word.answer}}

news.err.ee

Opinion
Estonia’s way into the future isn’t a race

There is a lack of connection between the Estonian state, and the people who live here. While it expects a lot of the state, Estonian society doesn’t seem ready to contribute, writes Viktor Trasberg.

Lotman: Security academy would be crucial Estonian identity point in Narva

In an opinion piece published by Eesti Päevaleht, Tallinn University professor Mihhail Lotman found it important to overcome the mental barrier separating Ida-Viru County from the rest of Estonia.

About us

Staff & contacts | Comments rules

Would you like to contribute an article, a feature, or an opinion piece?

Let us know: news@err.ee