Address by Audrys Juozas Bačkis, Chairman of the Council for Family Affairs of the Lithuanian Bishops‘ Conference, to the Committee on Human Rights and the Commission for Family and Child Affairs at the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania

29 March 2006
We believe that the decision by the Equal Opportunities Ombudswoman sets a precedent which allows people of homosexual orientation to demand that cultural, educational and other institutions ensure conditions to advertise their lifestyle to minors and persecute those who refuse to consider and call this lifestyle “family”. It is very important that the Seimas issues an authoritative decision establishing whether such a requirement is constitutional and whether it is consistent with the vital interests of our state and the traditions of the Lithuanian nation. We sincerely hope that the people’s elected representatives, while realizing their responsibility for the future of Lithuania and fulfilling the will of the citizens, will prevent yet another aggressive attempt to destroy family values. We draw your attention to the fact that the exhibition was supposed to be opened on the occasion of February 16; therefore, the question arises whether these “experimental” works of students would have facilitated the development of civic and patriotic values.
If the authority granted by the Seimas is employed to persecute a person who remained faithful to high moral ideals and took a principled stance in protecting the dignity of marriage and family and thus the dignity of the state, which is based on family values, public morality and the citizens’ confidence in the state will be greatly undermined.