Justice Minister: Legalizing Gay Partnership Will Not Break Coalition ({{commentsTotal}})

Kristen Michal
Kristen Michal Source: Photo: Postimees/Scanpix

Justice Minister  Kristen Michal does not think that IRL’s opposition to the proposed gender-neutral Partnership Act will jeopardize the cooperation between the two parties in coalition.

Michal sent a letter to all four parties in Parliament in early August proposing legislation that would stop differentiating between heterosexual and homosexual couples.

While the coalition’s Reform Party and opposition’s Social Democrats have pledged to support the call for more legal rights to same-sex couples, IRL, a more conservative of the coalition parties, categorically rejects the idea.

According to Michal, the reform is necessary to protect the children of same-sex couples.

"I think that seeking practical solutions to protect the weaker party is the common goal of [everyone] in Parliament, and that is where we will start from," Michal said.

Priit Sibul, Secretary General of IRL, told uudised.err.ee that each decision made within the coalition must be discussed and approved by both parties. 
 
"IRL is ready to support every initiative that contributes to maintaining and strengthening the traditional family model," Sibul added.


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