On the 6th of May, 2015 the Lithuanian Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs decided that civil partnerships for same-sex couples are consistent with the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania, says Deputy Chair Stasys Šedbaras. “The majority voted that the project does not violate the Constitution,” Mr. Šedbaras told to Lithuanian news agency BNS. On


The partner of a woman who gave birth to twins was automatically recognized at birth as the babies’ mother, in a landmark ruling in Tel Aviv, Israel on the 28th of April, 2015. Before the children’s birth, the couple, who have been together for nine years, filed a petition to recognize the non-birth mother as


Since the major political parties in Lithuania – Lithuanian Social Democratic Party (LSDP), The Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats and the The Labour Party – are in the process of electing their new leaders, the LGBT* community in Lithuania demands a change in the management bodies of the latter parties. The representatives of the

Same-sex kiss

Vaidas Baumila and Monika Linkytė, Lithuania’s representatives in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, presented an official video clip for their song “This Time” on the 13th of April 2015 that features a same-sex kiss. An idea of a video clip to show different couples kissing was developed by the Lithuanian team for this year’s Eurovision


The Catholic Church in Lithuania is against a group of lawmakers’ proposal to legalize same-sex partnerships in Lithuania, claiming that such a move would “degrade the family concept”, a representative of the Lithuanian Bishops’ Conference says. “The law some Seimas members want to legalize would make the moral nature of family relations insignificant for the


Lithuanian President: “Wider discussion needed on same-sex partnerships”

The Lithuanian society needs a “wider discussion” on the legalization of same-sex partnerships, says the President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė. “We need a wider discussion on these issues in our society. EU members’ practice of legalizing partnerships varies. Lithuania has not even properly regulated partnerships between men and women,” the president told


Bid to block spousal benefits for homosexual U.N. employees fails

A U.N. budget committee overwhelmingly rejected a Russia-sponsored resolution that sought to overturn Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s decision to extend spousal benefits to homosexual U.N. personnel who are legally married on the 24th of March, 2015. Members of the U.N. General Assembly’s Fifth Committee voted against the resolution by an 80-43 vote margin. Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh,

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V. Simonko: “Discussion on same-sex partnership will no longer be taboo”

Vladimir Simonko, the leader of the national LGBT* rights organization LGL, welcomed the proposed law to allow same-sex partnerships, saying the step would trigger discussions about the rights of homosexual persons living together. “It is not very easy for laws to make way, however, the proposal of the law will lead to discussions in the


Peru congressman inspired by Hitler to block gay civil unions

Ruben Condori Cusi says he was inspired by Hitler’s Mein Kampf to block a bill that would have seen same-sex couples legally recognized for the first time in Peru.  A Peru congressman has said he was inspired by Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf to block civil unions for same-sex couples. Ruben Condori Cusi, a congressman for

LGL photo

On March 6th, 2015 representatives from the national LGBT* rights organization LGL and other member organizations of the National Equality and Diversity Forum participated in a meeting to learn about the initiatives and activities of the Women’s Issues Information Centre. The event was very symbolic, as it took place just before March 8th – International