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On November 14th, 2016 56 members of Lithuanian Peasant and Green Party entered the Lithuanian Parliament. One of the newly elected politicians, MP Agnė Širinskienė, was appointed as a Chairwoman for Committee on Health Affairs of Seimas on November 22nd. A controversy was caused when her Ph.D. dissertation Healthcare issues complicated by AIDS and ethical-moral

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On 23rd October, 2016 the Farmers’ and Green Party won in the second round of the Lithuanian general elections. Led by its leader Ramūnas Karbauskis, it now has 56 seats in the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania. It drew ahead of the Homeland Union-Christian Democratic Party, which has 31 MPs, of Gabrielius Landsbergis, who

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The Conservatives Support Same-Sex Partnerships in Lithuania?

The candidates to Lithuanian Seimas felt the need to speak about tolerance and human rights prior to the upcoming election to the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania. Gabrielius Landsbergis, MEP and the Chairman of the Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats party, expressed his support for same-sex partnerships during the discussion, organized by youth

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Lithuanian Government Pushes Opposite-Sex Partnership Bill

On August 11th, 2016 the Government of the Republic of Lithuania gave approval to the changes proposed by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania to the Civil Code of the Republic of Lithuania which would legalize civil partnership of opposite-sex couples and further exclude same-sex couples from legal recognition of same-sex relationships.

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Lithuanian Bishops’ Conference: Family Should Be Associated with Marriage

On November 25th, 2015 the Committee on Legal Affairs of the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania held a hearing on a proposal to amend the Article 38 of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania, which states that “family emanates from a marriage between a man and a woman”. The participants of the hearing,

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On September 17th, 2015, the autumn work agenda of the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania was approved and contains a long list of initiatives seeking to limit LGBT* rights. Firstly, there is the infamous amendment to the Law on the Fundamentals of Protection of the Rights of Child of the Republic of Lithuania, prohibiting

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Lithuanian Parliament Rejects Civil Partnership Bill

On October 14th, 2015 the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania rejected a bill on registered partnership that had been drafted by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania and proposed to introduce the institution of registered partnership for different-sex couples. 27 members of the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania voted in

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On the 25th of August, 2015 the national LGBT* rights organization LGL applied to the State Commission of the Lithuanian Language with a request to clarify the meaning of a term “pederast”, commonly used to insult the members of the LGBT* community, and present an Lithuanian equivalent to an English term queer. The consultants of

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Lithuanian Parliament Appoints Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson

The Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania has appointed Deputy Culture Minister Agneta Lobačevskytė as the head of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsman’s Office of the Republic of Lithuania. The candidate was proposed by the Speaker of the Lithuanian Parliament Loreta Graužinienė. During a secret vote on the 18th of June, 2015 Mrs. Lobačevskytė was supported

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On the 17th of June, 2015 the Minister of National Defense of the Republic of Lithuania Juozas Olekas argued that homosexual conscripts are not deprived of the right to serve in the Lithuanian army. Mr. Olekas has been forced to reassure that the country’s military does not discriminate against homosexual conscripts after an army psychiatrist