Report: Lithuania Parliament To Consider 5 Anti-LGBT Bills

Jim Burroway

September 11th, 2013

The stain of Russian homophobia is seeping into its Baltic neighbor and former possession, Lithuania, whose Parliament, according to Pink News, is set to take up five separate anti-LGBT bills later this year. The bills would:

  • Prohibit gender reassignment surgery and transgender therapy.
  • Ban adoption by same-sex couples
  • Fine organizers of public events, such as pride marches, up to â‚¬1,800 (US$2,400) for “public denigration of constitutional moral values.”
  • Hold organizers of public events financially responsible for “the safety and order,” effectively making them liable for anti-gay protests and violence.
  • And, finally, “The criticism of sexual or sexual practices, convictions or beliefs, or persuasion to change this behavior, practices, convictions or beliefs cannot per se be qualified as harassment, denigration, incitement to hatred, discrimination or incitement to discrimination.”

In 2009, Lithuania’s Parliament passed a law prohibiting “public dissemination” of information favorable to LGBT people. After objections from the European Parliament, Lithuania amended its code with a “ban to spread information that would promote sexual relations or other conceptions of concluding a marriage or creating a family other than established in the Constitution or the Civil Code.” Vilnius officials used that code to try to ban a Pride celebration in Vilnius in 2010. Lithuania’s High Court overturned that ban and allowed the country’s first Pride to take place that year. In 2013, Vilnius was host to Baltic Pride, an annual event which rotates through the three Baltic states.

SharonB

September 11th, 2013

Thanks, again, Scott Lively and other American ‘Haters for Jesus.’

NOT.

TampaZeke

September 11th, 2013

And yet they’re still a member of the European Union.

Sir Andrew

September 11th, 2013

Bill number five is a very sharp double-edged sword. They could very well be setting themselves up for a type of protest we’ve never considered using, but which might be appropriate now. Now we need to see what the EU has to say about these bills.

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