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Lithuania Parliament to consider five anti-LGBT bills

Thursday, September 12, 2013

VILNIUS, Lithuania — Five anti-LGBT bills are scheduled to be considered by Lithuania’s parliament before the end of the year.

Tomas Berzinskas, a spokesman for Speaker Vydas Gedvilas, said that according to the draft Parliament agenda, lawmakers will consider four anti-gay initiatives and one measure that would ban all transgender therapy and surgery in Lithuania.

Lithuania-flag-091213Berzinskas said that a summary of the transgender assignment measure notes that Lithuanian society views gender reassignment as very controversial.

“Society is not ready to accept gender reassignment practices due to certain psycho-social reasons, and therefore the permission to undergo gender reassignment surgeries will lead to a number of medical and ethical issues,” according to one of the proposed bills.

“It is impossible to reassign gender surgically because it is determined genetically from the very moment of conception,” the bill states.

Among the other four proposals is a ban of same-sex couple adoption, and two measures that would make organizers of public events, such as as pride marches, liable for costly administrative fees aimed at ensuring public safety and order and mandatory fines for the “public denigration of constitutional moral values.”

The last bill seeks to seeks to amend the country’s criminal code that effectively legalizes anti-LGBT hate speech.

“The criticism of sexual behavior or sexual practices, convictions or believes, or persuasion to change this behavior, practices, convictions or believes cannot per se be qualified as harassment, denigration, incitement to hatred, discrimination or incitement to discrimination,” the bill reads.

Previously, in 2009, Lithuania passed a bill banning information on homosexuality in schools or in media accessible by young people. This came following a 2007 amendment to public order and cleanliness laws, allowing police to ban any event where authorities deemed a riot may occur — including at gay pride events.

A group trying to institute a Russian style ban on “homosexual propaganda” led by a Kaunas City Council member Gintautas Labanauskas, was blocked early last month by the Lithuanian Central Electoral Commission barring them from collecting signatures for a referendum.

The plan for the referendum was also opposed by the Legal Department of the Lithuanian Parliament which told the Commission that a ban on discussion of LGBT issues would be discriminatory and run counter to the Lithuanian Constitution and international conventions.

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28 more reader comments:

  1. This is a real country?

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 6:44pm
  2. I suggest you to revise such statement, because it's likely you're not too related to any real country in this context.

    Replied on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 7:58pm
  3. I suggest you to revise such statement, because it's likely you're not too related to any real country in this context.

    Replied on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 7:58pm
  4. huh? I'm fine with my statement. You may be from there but I don't have to change anything. Only thing I hope that changes for you and your country is if these laws are never passed.

    Replied on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 8:02pm
  5. And it continues. Ridiculous!

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 7:24pm
  6. Read the controversy section at the bottom of this page, concerning the president of Lithuania. She’s probably a Lithuanian Linda Harvey. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dalia_Grybauskait%C4%97

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 7:28pm
  7. I don't think that it's got anything to do with these bills. Dalia, herself being an in the closet lesbian, which is a controversy of it's own, usually favours lgbt position, and I do believe she'll veto such bills as she had done so in the past.

    Replied on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 8:12pm
  8. keep moving backwards!

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 7:39pm
  9. I’m from Lithuania and such news really do sadden me. Hopefully, our president will not allow these to pass just like that.

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 7:47pm
  10. Andrew, now it’s just your imagination :D you know not only the country is real, but their people as well :)

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 7:50pm
  11. WTF is going ONNN It’s spiraling BACKWARDs M*trfuckers…

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 8:00pm
  12. WTF is going ONNN It’s spiraling BACKWARDs M*trfuckers…

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 8:00pm
  13. Can a country this small really afford for their world to get any smaller?

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 8:34pm
  14. If my great grandmother was alive, she would be very disappointed in her mother country.

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 8:53pm
  15. It’s like the world takes 17.2 steps
    Forward, and 100 steps back.

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 9:15pm
  16. Wow! This is disgusting. The infestation has spread to these idiot countries.

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 9:40pm
  17. Then Russia should just annex them and be done with it.

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 10:09pm
  18. And that whole region’s population continues to decline… crime, drugs, alcoholism, suicide, murder, and illness are plaguing them. I say; let their gay folks come live with us! Let them come over here! That region doesn’t want them or deserve them.

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 10:10pm
  19. Fucking Russians

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 10:27pm
  20. UGH…..GET WITH THE PROGRAM…..AND GET IN THIS CENTURY.

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 11:02pm
  21. Prejudice is rampant in the western Block! They’re 50 years behind the rest of the world!

    Posted on Friday, September 13, 2013 at 12:19am
  22. *Sigh* I really am tired of bigotry. In fact, I’m exhausted of prejudice entirely.

    Posted on Friday, September 13, 2013 at 12:29am
  23. People like this just add to the powder keg of hatred. They better not be standing next to it when it explodes…

    Posted on Friday, September 13, 2013 at 12:52am
  24. Sigh stupidity…

    Posted on Friday, September 13, 2013 at 1:04am
  25. Thanks russia! Assholes!

    Posted on Friday, September 13, 2013 at 4:50am
  26. What about pro LGBT bills?

    Posted on Friday, September 13, 2013 at 1:13pm
  27. Consider pro bills!

    Posted on Friday, September 13, 2013 at 1:19pm
  28. Not like!

    Posted on Friday, September 13, 2013 at 2:16pm