Lithuanian MPs ask EU opinion on anti-gay bills

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Baltic Pride Parade in Vilnius | DELFI, Photo by A. Sarcevičius

Baltic Pride Parade in Vilnius | DELFI, Photo by A. Sarcevičius

A group of Lithuanian MPs addressed the EU institutions, asking for an evaluation of whether certain bills that are being considered in the Seimas did not violate human and sexual minority rights.

The bills include proposals to ban “violation of constitutional moral values” and state that “every child has the inborn right to a father and mother, arising from gender differences and mutual complementation of motherhood and fatherhood” and this way prevent adoption by homosexual people.

A letter to European Parliament President Martin Schulz, the EP Human Rights Committee, the EP Intergroup on LGBT Rights, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights and Lithuanian MEPs was signed by 11 Seimas members from three political groups.

In the letter, Lithuanian lawmakers are calling on EU institutions, officials and MEPs to express their opinion on the “proposals violating human rights and inactivity of state institutions, inciting hatred of homosexual and bisexual people.”

“As state institutions fail to take measures to prevent the incitement of homophobic behaviour, violent attacks, especially during the March For Equality, are likely,” the MPs said in the letter.

Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius also said earlier that anti-gay bills damage Lithuania’s image. In his words, proposals to fine organisers of gay marches may run counter to the European Convention for the Protection of on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and the Treaty on the functioning of the European Union.

The Baltic Pride march is set to be held in central Vilnius in July for the second time soon after Lithuania takes the rotating EU presidency on 1 July, 2013.

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