Much of the world has good reason to thank Estonia, and I do too.
What was the big-deal political event in Estonia this past week? Lawmakers voted to legalize equality for same-sex partnerships.
Thus, Estonia became the first former Soviet republic to recognize any form of marriage equality. This is, at least, a giant step forward. As a result of this legislation, civil unions in Estonia will be the accorded the same benefits whether heterosexual or same-sex. Not quite the same rights as married couples, not true marriage equality. Still, it’s a giant step forward in simple fairness.
I look forward to the day when my little nation in North America — you know, the one with 50 states — also accords gay and lesbian couples equal financial, social, and health benefits, plus legal protection for children.
This historic vote in Estonia really stands out when you consider the neighboring nation of Russia. What a shock! What happened last year? The country now expressing its collective consciousness through Vladimir Putin passed a harsh anti-gay law.
And just to remind us of the typical polarities here at Earth School, what happened on the very same day that Estonia passed this best-yet legislation for its LGBTQ community? Kyrgyzstan, another former Soviet republic, began to consider a bill that would make gay “propaganda” a crime that could be punished by a year in prison.
To read more about Estonia’s leadership in marriage equality, check out this article from the Associated Press.
More good news in Estonia concerns… you probably guessed it…
My international bestseller on aura reading. Now published by Oü Eram
In Estonia now, you can purchase your very own copy of Aura Reading Through All Your Senses. Oü Eram Books is part of Publishing House Ersen. And here’s what I especially love. CONTINUE READING