Liberals move to allow partnerships for both different and same-sex couples

Lithuania’s opposition Liberal Movement proposes to allow civil partnerships for both unmarried opposite-sex couples and same-sex couples. […]

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Karbauskis to propose upholding veto of Civil Code amendments

Ramūnas Karbauskis, chairman of the ruling Lithuanian Peasant and Green Union (LPGU), says that he will propose that the party’s political group at the parliament should support the president’s veto of amendments to the Civil Code on insulting public figures. […]


Latvian bank starts charging for Lithuanian deposits

The Latvian Meridian Trade Bank in Lithuania has informed their customers that account balances held in Swiss francs will be charged an additionally 1.5% on deposits as negative interest rates introduced by the Swiss Central Bank continue to make an impact. […]


Lithuanian parliament rejects civil partnership law

The Lithuanian parliament, Seimas, rejected the bill that would have introduced the institution of partnership of opposite sex couples. The Ministry of Justice, which drafted the law, says the proposed legislation merely acknowledges the existing forms of cohabitation, while the opponents insist that civil partnership is an encroachment on the institution of marriage and is just one step away from legalizing same-sex partnership. […]

Juozas Bernatonis

Lithuanian justice minister: Same-sex couples are more propaganda than reality

Lithuania’s Ministry of Justice has drafted a bill that, if passed, would introduce the institution of partnership into the country’s Civil Code. However, the bill spells out that the possibility to form partnerships would only apply to opposite-sex couples. According to Justice Minister Juozas Bernatonis, there is no need to legalize same-sex partnership because there are hardly any same-sex couples in Lithuania. […]

Vytautas Mizaras

Lithuania might violate human rights convention by legalizing opposite-sex partnership only, expert says

By treating opposite-sex and same-sex partnerships differently, Lithuania might violate the European Convention of Human Rights, Vilnius University Professor of Law Vytautas Mizaras says. […]