Postimees: Cohabitation implementing bill unlikely to get necessary 51 votes (4)

The Parliament building in Tallinn at night (Postimees/Scanpix)
10/14/2015 12:22 PM
Category: Politics

Daily Postimees has calculated that an implementing act for the controversial Cohabitation Act, which gives same-sex couples equal rights, is unlikely to be backed by 51 MPs in an upcoming vote.

According to the daily, the Social Democrats (15 seats) will back the bill in full force while the Reform Party (30 seats) will back it with 26-27 MPs.

IRL faction head Priit Sibul said his party will not back the bill, although 3-4 IRL MPs have said they could vote in favor.

The Free Party is against, although at least one MP is likely to vote for the bill. The Center Party is against the bill, but at the initial vote for the Cohabitation Act a year ago, a number of Center Party members did break ranks.

EKRE is highly likely to vote against with all of its seven MPs.

The Cohabitation Act was passed a year ago with 40-38 votes. The act gives same-sex couples the right to legally register as couples, but an implementing act is needed to clear up legislation. For example, currently there is no central register, which means that people can sign more than one cohabitation agreement. Annulling such an agreement would also be difficult. The implementing act would also clear up subjects like inheritance and alimony.

J.M. Laats

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