Lithuania’s Prime Minister: “Registered partnership bill to be reviewed by Catholic Church”

Final adjustments to a bill on registered partnership, drafted by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania, are being made with the Catholic Church, and the document would shortly be submitted to the government for deliberation, Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania Algirdas Butkevičius admitted on the 16th of June, 2015.

“We recently met with the Justice Minister Juozas Bernatonis and Archbishop Gintaras Grušas and made a break in the government discussion on the issue. They presented certain proposals,” the Prime Minister told on the 16th of June, 2015.

The bill has attracted criticism for excluding same-sex couples from the possibility to register civil partnership. Prime Minister A. Butkevičius refused to elaborate on the proposals but his advisor on religious issues Julius Ratkus acknowledged on the 15th of June, 2015 that final adjustments were being made and the bill would be put before the Cabinet next week. “These proposals should be discussed with legal experts from both sides, and the bill should be presented to the government,” commented Mr. J. Ratkus.

The Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania has proposed to the government to legalize partnerships between men and women only. Meanwhile nine Liberal and Social Democratic lawmakers registered a bill in late March, allowing registered partnerships between both opposite-sex and same-sex couples.