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Lithuania Blocks Vote on Anti-Gay Law

Jim Burroway

March 13th, 2014

Buzzfeed reports that the Lithuanian Parliament blocked a proposed anti-gay “propaganda” law that would have imposed fines for “contempt” of “moral values.”

Though a plurality of MPs voted to bring the proposal to a vote — 39 in favor, 34 opposed, and 20 abstentions — this was not enough to move the measure to a vote under rules of procedure.

Gražulis responded to the vote by accusing MPs from the Conservative party who did not back the bill of “changing not only their political orientation but their sexual orientation too.”

Conservative Vida Marija Čigriejienė shot back that Gražulis should not talk about family values since he had recently split with his wife.

Three other anti-gay initiatives are still before parliament, including one to ban adoptions by same-sex couples, another to exempt anti-gay harassment from the country’s anti-discrimination laws, and another that would require event organizers to fully cover police protection and security expenses.

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