Every Tenth Supports Same-Sex Partnership in Lithuania

In the course of four years only a very slight change in Lithuanian citizens’ attitude towards the introduction of same-sex civil partnership in Lithuania was recorded by a public poll commissioned by the Lithuanian Chamber of Notaries. According to the poll, only 11 % of Lithuanians support the introduction of same-sex civil partnership in Lithuania, while 74% of respondents are against.

Out of 1004 respondents only 7 % expressed their support for the introduction of same-sex marriage in Lithuania, while 80 % were against.

Compared to similar public poll, concluded in 2013, the percentage of those opposing the introduction of same-sex civil partnership in Lithuania has dropped from 79% to 74%. In the course of four years, the percentage of those opposing the introduction of same-sex marriage in Lithuania has dropped from 84% to 80%.

Since 2013, the percentage of Lithuanians supporting the introduction of same-sex civil partnership in Lithuania increased from 7% to 11%, while the number of Lithuanians supporting the introduction of same-sex marriage in Lithuania nominally rose from 5% to 7%.

The representative survey was commissioned by the Lithuanian Chamber of Notaries and conducted by a public opinion and market research center “Vilmorus” on October 13th -21st, 2016. The study took place in 19 cities and 23 rural areas across the country.

“The results indicate that there is a lot of awareness raising work to be done in Lithuania,” – says the LGL’s Executive Director Vladimir Simonko. “We need to start coming out to our families, neighbors and colleagues immediately. Lithuanian people are good people. We need to talk to each other more.”

At the moment Lithuania, along with other 6 Member States of the EU, does not legally recognize same-sex relationships. The legal status of cohabitating same-sex couples is not defined and they cannot make use of opportunities available for married couples, ranging from inheritance rights to receiving information about their partner’s health condition at medical establishments in case of an illness.