Lithuanian government disapproves of easing hate speech rules
baltics / homophobia / legislation / lithuania

Lithuanian government disapproves of easing hate speech rules

According to the Lithuanian Gay League (LGL), the Lithuanian Cabinet has expressed its disapproval of a parliamentary initiative that would remove sanctions for “criticism or discussion” of sexual behavior, sexual practices or beliefs. An amendment to Lithuania’s criminal code to redefine what constitutes discriminatory speech or incitement of hatred was officially registered in parliament on … Continue reading

Lithuania proposes marriage alternative – just not for gays
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Lithuania proposes marriage alternative – just not for gays

The Lithuanian Ministry of Justice has proposed the establishment of a civil partnership institution. The new regulation would amend the Civil Code to include the definition of partnership as the “creation of familial relations through effective co-habitation.” Civil partnerships would only be permitted between persons of the opposite sex. Same-sex relationships would continue to have … Continue reading

Lithuania drops opposition to EU anti-discrimination directive
baltics / europe / lithuania

Lithuania drops opposition to EU anti-discrimination directive

(Source: 15min.lt, 8 Oct 2013) The Government of Lithuania has accepted a proposal to change its mind and not to object to the European Union’s anti-discrimination directive that Lithuania has opposed for the last three years. The proposal by the Ministry of Social Security and Labor was backed at a Cabinet meeting on Monday. “Based … Continue reading

Latvian group seeks to limit EuroPride 2015
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Latvian group seeks to limit EuroPride 2015

The “Protect Our Children” association in Latvia is calling for a referendum that could, among other things, place limitations on public events that would be part of EuroPride 2015, which the Latvian capital Riga was chosen to host earlier this year. According to the Latvian news portal Defli.lv, “Protect Our Children” has applied to the … Continue reading

Lithuanian MP avoids prosecution
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Lithuanian MP avoids prosecution

Lithuania’s parliament has defended one of its own. Lithuania’s self-appointed family values defender and leading homophobe Petras Gražulis will not have to face legal charges for attempting to disrupt the Baltic Pride rally in July, 2013.  A resolution introduced in the Seimas to strip Gražulis of his parliamentary immunity failed to receive the necessary 71 votes. … Continue reading

LGBT group protests censorship in Lithuania
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LGBT group protests censorship in Lithuania

This morning the Lithuanian Gay League (LGL) staged a protest against censorship as European officials gathered to attend an informal meeting of the European Union’s Ministers for Culture and Audiovisual Affairs. Lithuania currently holds the rotating Presidency of the Council of Europe. The LGL expressed its opposition to restrictions on freedom of expression imposed by … Continue reading

Report: Anti-LGBT attitudes harden in Eastern Europe
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Report: Anti-LGBT attitudes harden in Eastern Europe

Demos, “Britain’s leading cross-party think-tank,” this week released a report on the current state of democratic values in Europe. The report, entitled “Backsliders,” found significant deterioration in core democratic indicators in many parts of Europe, largely due to the financial crisis of the previous decade. According to the report, the last decade has seen a … Continue reading