Estonians still split on gay rights (17)
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.