Discussion: Registered Partnership Act – a step towards marriage equality?

Date: 7. October 2017
Start time: 12:00
Location: Rakvere Teatrikohvik, Fr. R. Kreutzwaldi, Rakvere, Estonia ()

From 6th to 8th October, the first LGBTI film festival in Estonia – Festheart – will take place in Rakvere. The festival offers an opportunity to enjoy films, engage in discussions and share opinions on topics relevant to the LGBTI community. The purpose of the festival is to find a common ground between different groups in the society.

On the second day, October 7 at 12.00-13.30 Estonian Human Rights Centre and the Embassy of Finland in Estonia will organize a discussion which focuses on the developments in the recognition of the rights of sexual minorities in the two countries. The discussion will be in Estonian, with no translation.

For almost two years the Registered Partnership Act has been in force in Estonia, but its function is limited by the lack of implementing legislation. In March this year, the Finnish Marriage Act became gender neutral. The law was initiated by a civil movement which managed to collect 200 000 supportive signatures, making it the first of its kind in Finnish history.

During the discussion, experts from Estonia and Finland will introduce the developments in their country, lessons learned on the way, continuing challenges and present situation. All information about the festival is available on the festival page (only in Estonian).
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