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

Duma temporarily withdraws anti-gay parenting bill
homophobia / legislation / russia

Duma temporarily withdraws anti-gay parenting bill

A bill in the Russian parliament that would have allowed government officials to remove children from homes of gay parents has been temporarily withdrawn from consideration. Sofia Cherepanova, a spokesperson for Alexei Zhuravlev, the conservative lawmaker who introduced the measure, confirmed that the measure is listed as “withdrawn” on the website of the Federal State … Continue reading

Lithuania proposes marriage alternative – just not for gays
baltics / legislation / lithuania

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

Progress: Moldova kills “gay propaganda” law
legislation / moldova / se europe

Progress: Moldova kills “gay propaganda” law

On Friday, the Moldovan Parliament annulled a law that imposes fines for publishing so-called “gay propaganda.” According to Radio Free Europe, the decision was taken on October 11 as dozens of Orthodox priests and Communist lawmakers blocked the entrance to the Palace of the Republic in Chisinau in an attempt to stop parliament from debating … Continue reading

Russian anti-LGBT legislation drive continues
homophobia / legislation / russia

Russian anti-LGBT legislation drive continues

A Russian lawmaker has proposed a ban on gay people from using a surrogate mother to have children. Vitaly Milonov, co-sponsor of the ‘non-traditional relationships’ propaganda bill, has suggested an amendment to banning same-sex couples from having children. ‘At present, Russian law has a loophole through which members of sexual minorities are allowed to inform … Continue reading