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Lithuanian President: Talks about civil unions for same-sex couples are too ‘premature’

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  1. its nice to see that things are going in a slightly different direction compared to russia

  2. She’s simply trying to save her ass. Saying yes in this case (which she problably would like to) would be a political suicide. She might talk differently during her second and last mandate since she will have nothing to lose.

  3. It’s too bad that Greebsie feels this way, considering the speculation in Lithuania concerning her own sexuality, as she is the female equivalent of a “confirmed bachelor”.

    But she may be right… perhaps Lithuania will be ready to discuss this issue when the country takes the EU presidency, while worldwide criticism is still fresh in the media concerning “Baltic Pride 2013”.

    Oh yeah… the Lithuanian Constitution ENSHRINES Roman Catholicism as the state religion. Another issue here…

    1. article 43 of the constitution says that the is no state religion in Lithuania. ” 43 straipsnis Lietuvoje nėra valstybinės religijos.”

  4. Pavlos Prince of Greece 23 Feb 2013, 12:38pm

    How can the President of Republic prescribe for Parliament which thematic is a ‘properly’ subject of political-social discussion, and which is not? Is Lithuania presidential dictatorship? Even in Cyprus (its very strong presidential Republic) it will be absolutely impossible.

    1. lithuanian 23 Feb 2013, 1:52pm

      She’s just giving her opinion. She’s not dictating anything to the parliament.

      1. Pavlos Prince of Greece 23 Feb 2013, 3:05pm

        Well, I think, its not very correct for any head of the state ‘to give opinion’ on any matter, which still is debating at the level of another power, in this case in the legislature (perhaps this issue belongs to competence of the presidential power – but, as I know, Lithuania still is an parliamentarian Republic, not presidential, and the main competence of the President is foreign politics, not civil code or family policy). She can say her opinion only after bill of civil partnership in the parliament has became a law, and she must sign it – or not. That, what she is doing now, is some form of political-public pressure on the parliament to close the discussions and make no concrete decisions on this issue.

        1. lithuanian 23 Feb 2013, 3:15pm

          considering her main electorate is the Liberal movement, She would probably like to sign it into law. One of the main reasons why this president is so popular is because she’s apolitical. If you look at her statement you will notice she doesn’t say if she supports this legislation or not.
          quite frankly, I don’t see anything out of the ordinary when a politician makes political comments about her own country.

          1. Pavlos Prince of Greece 23 Feb 2013, 4:53pm

            Is the President of Republic in Lithuania an ‘politician’ as others (as ‘primus inter parens’), or is his official status ‘above of political parties’? However, as I know, this President was elected 2009 with strong and clear support of both Conservative (and very homophobic) party and electorate.

    2. Nice Cypriot girl 24 Feb 2013, 2:51pm

      Talking of Cyprus, even that hugely conservative, religious country has legislation going through to establish civil partnerships, and which was supported by all 3 presidential candidates and the parties that back them.

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