December 29, 2005 (Lithuanian Gay League) – Lithuanian MP and former
social minister Irena Degutiene, a member of the Homeland Union
(Conservatives) will reportedly begin collecting signatures in January as
part of a drive to amend the constitution so
marriages will be banned.
caused consternation among some MPs, who said the Lithuanian constitution
already bans gay and lesbian marriages.
this month, neighbouring
Latvia amended its constitution to define
marriage as being between a man and a woman - it also had a law prohibiting
Sabatauskas, a Social Democrat and chairman of Parliament’s legal committee,
said such marriages were already unconstitutional in Lithuania.
Civil Code also gives a comprehensible definition of marriage with a person
of the opposite sex,” Sabatauskas told reporters.
Civil Code defines marriage as a voluntary agreement between a man and a
woman to create legal family relations between a woman and a man, as
stipulated by law.”
recent homophobic outbreak among Lithuanian MPs was caused by the news that
ILGA-Europe annual conference in 2007 will take place in Vilnius.
Respublika daily enquired how the homosexuals’ gathering is viewed upon
by the country’s MPs.
about the planned conference in Vilnius was met with a virulent outburst from MP Kazys Bobelis of the Union of
Farmer’s/New Democracy Party.
a scandal,” the MP said. “My views on homosexuals are very clear and based
the fact that I am a doctor, – they need treatment because homosexuality is
not healthy for human psychology.
today we start tolerating homosexuals, maybe soon enough we will accept
intercourse between human beings and animals,” he suggested.
homosexuals address their problems in closed circles without going public.
Lithuania is a state without character. While other nations prevent
homosexuals from raising their heads, we give up – whoever wants to climb
our heads, do so, just like rats.”
Conservative MP Vilija Aleknaite-Abramikiene called the European
homosexuals’ intention to assemble in Vilnius “an improper and unreasonable
find a state in Europe which is not as Catholic and as conservative on the
matter,” the MP said. “Apart from that, those homosexuals have to feel
respect for the country where you decide to organize an event like that. I
think this kind of conferences should be prevented before the society is
mature enough for such a slap in the face”
Centrist Vytautas Cepas qualifies homosexuals as a problematic group, who
strive to set the society at variance.
their festivals and parades those homosexuals are deliberately trying to
cause discontent of people with conventional orientation, and then they
burst out loud that they are being discriminated and attacked,” Cepas said.
gives me the creeps when, apart from same-sex marriages, homosexuals start
speaking about child adoption opportunities. Let them live their lives, but
not involve others.”
Lithuanian Young Christian Democrats promised pickets against the conference
in Vilnius and assured they “would not let homosexuals promote their ideas
Lithuanian Liberal Youth and Lithuanian Social Democratic Youth are publicly
supporting the organisers of 2007 ILGA Europe conference in Lithuania.