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Delfi - Lithuania | 15/07/2013

No triumph for Lithuanian gay community

The administrative court in Vilnius ruled at the beginning of the month that the gay parade on July 27 could take place along the main thoroughfare of the Lithuanian capital. The appeal lodged by the local government was also overturned. But the Delfi portal sees little cause for celebration among the gay community: "Local government suffered a defeat at the hands of the Gay League. There was a similar situation three years ago when officials and politicians tried to take legal action to block the first parade. In vain. One would have thought that this might be an hour of triumph for homosexuality. But was it? A host of questions remain unanswered. ... Will the lives of ordinary gays, lesbians and other sexual minorities change in any way? How does it feel to be allowed onto the streets only after fighting for permission to do so in court, having enlisted the services of a top lawyer?"

Delfi - Lithuania | 16/04/2013

Conservatives put women's safety at risk

With the support of church organisations, some conservative Lithuanian members of parliament are opposing the signing of the Council of Europe convention on combating violence against women, among other reasons because it also protects the rights of transsexuals. Writing on the portal Delfi, human rights activist Lina Žigelytė calls on politicians to be reasonable: "According to statistics, the situation in Lithuania is catastrophic. One person in two knows a woman - among their family or close acquaintances - who has been the victim of domestic violence. And just as many people know a perpetrator of violence. The EU average is half that. ... The [conservative] inquisitors are frightening society with their horror stories [about gays and transsexuals], and have shamelessly distorted the facts. ... If our parliament listened to them it would amount to confessing to the entire world that Lithuanians have simply grown used to violence in their midst."

Delfi - Lithuania | 25/04/2012

Lithuania's grotesque fight for the family

The Lithuanian parliament voted after the first reading in favour of an amendment to the constitution according to which the family would be based on a marriage between a man and woman and which would also define the relations between parents and children. The Web portal Delfi takes a sarcastic view of the initiative: "Divorce should actually be banned in Lithuania with the aim of strengthening the family. ... This would keep roughly 40 percent of the country's married couples together, because that's how many separate [each year]. And those who manage to live together the longest (regardless of all the rows and the traumatised children) could be given social benefits. Conversely we could save money if we scrapped benefits for those forms of partnership that don't fit in with the amendment to Article 38 of the constitution proposed by right-wing politicians. This amendment stipulates that a family is founded only when a couple marries."

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