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Lithuanian parliament revises ‘gay ban’ law

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  1. Har Davids 23 Dec 2009, 6:45pm

    Bad eating habits and foul language, to name a few, will also be prohibited. Is this some unknown Monty Python sketch or is it for real?

  2. “However, gay rights activists in Lithuania have said that events such as Pride marches could still be banned under the revised law, which also bars the promotion of “any concept of the family other than that set down in the constitution”.”

    The above is the important bit in this article. It indicates there could still be a great deal of homophobia likely to be supported by the remaining or revised legislation.

  3. Okay, why again is Lithuania in the European Union? It seems that this law amendment tries to make the existing discrimination “equal” by decisively putting an end to anything resembling general civil liberties or free expression, and giving veto power to the most conservative elements of society against the right to even be remotely controversial at all. This reminds me more of the second half of the movie Pleasantville.

  4. Vo Dong Cung 24 Dec 2009, 5:32am

    If nobody knows anything about Lithuanians how can they prevent Lithuaniaphobic?

  5. Nothing has changed. The expression that mentioned ‘homosexuality’ was changed to mention ‘family’. Lithuania defined that the family is only and only if a man has married a woman. Even non-married couples are not considered as a family.

  6. Kick them out of Europe

  7. “The above is the important bit in this article. It indicates there could still be a great deal of homophobia likely to be supported by the remaining or revised legislation.”

    Eddy, it might be interesting if they do try to ban a Pride march, it would bring to the surface another right denied by Lithuania which is enshrined in EU membership – the right to peaceful assembly.

    Article 12 of the Lisbon Treaty’s Charter of Fundamental Rights states that “Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and to freedom of association at all levels, in particular in political, trade union and civic matters, which implies the right of everyone to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his or her interests.”

    This is now law. And it would deeply embarrass the Lithuanian government, and they would be forced to remove any conflict with the constitution, as the Charter takes primacy.

    Let them try stop a march… then we’ll see how their membership to the EU will smack down those homophobes.

  8. Nothing has changed and Lithuania is still not complying with EU regulations. For the love of God get the damn country out of the EU or withhold all aid until they reject the anti human anti gay law completely. Stupid bloody people wasting everybodies time and money.

  9. Mihangel apYrs 24 Dec 2009, 1:26pm

    The EU, or at least the Council of Ministers that has a lot of power, are unlikely to make a great deal of the rampant homophobia of the eastern countries. It’s all about money and business for them, human rights are within a cultural context.

  10. Jean-Paul Bentham 27 Dec 2009, 11:50pm

    According to Human Rights Watch, a ban about sexual orientation would endanger youth:

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