Estonians still split on gay rights ({{commentsTotal}})

Tallinn Gay Pride, an annual event promoting diversity and equality
Tallinn Gay Pride, an annual event promoting diversity and equality Source: (Postimees/Scanpix)

According to survey conducted by the social and market research firm Saar Poll, 50 percent of Estonians think that homosexuality should not be permitted.

Although the poll shows a marginal overall positive improvement in people's attitudes, half of the people surveyed still answered “definitely not” to a question of whether homosexuality should be allowed.

53 percent of the questioned Estonians also said a “definite no” to same-sex registered partnerships and 59 percent were against same-sex couple's right to adopt.

However, Estonia is considered the most liberal former Soviet-occupied country when it comes to gay rights. Same-sex sexual activity has been legal since 1992 and last year, the country passed a Cohabitation Bill, permitting same-sex couples legally register their partnership. The new law is due to come into force in 2016, allowing also step-child adoption by homosexual couples.

Saar Poll's survey was commissioned by the Estonian Council of Churches (EEC) and 1,002 people were questioned.

Editor: S. Tambur