Lithuania’s Grybauskaite plans to veto censorship law if homophobic provisions stay in place

Lithuania's Grybauskaite plans to veto censorship law if homophobic provisions stay in place

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said she’ll veto the Law on the Protection of Minors against the Detrimental Effects of Public Information if the Seimas opts to yet again include in it homophobic provisions slammed by human rights watchdogs.

“This law violates the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights. I will veto such a law,” the Head of State on Wednesday told the press.

The Seimas last week voted to again include in the bill provisions prohibiting minors from access to information that promotes homosexual, bisexual or polygamous relations, the same provisions that were crossed off the bill by a task force set up by Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite.

The parliament’s bid to re-enter the said provisions brings the draft piece of legislation back to its earlier stage, and back on the Education Science and Culture Committee desk.

A task force set up by Grybauskaite to improve the much debated the piece of legislation proposed to cross off the provision that limits information that could be seen as promoting homosexual relations and instead change it to one banning promotion of any kind of sexual relations to the country’s minors.

The Seimas, however approved conservative MP Gintaras Songaila’s proposal to deem detrimental information that promotes the country’s youth to engage in homosexual, bisexual or polygamous relations.

The bill, which was has come under considerable heat for homophobic provisions, was earlier vetoed by former president Valdas Adamkus, however the Seimas then voted to override the veto.