Petras Gražulis
Politics

EU directive stalls at Seimas after refused partnership

Partners were deleted from the definition of family members at the Lithuanian parliament following this week’s discussions to shift the European Union’s (EU) directive to ban discrimination on grounds of citizenship. […]

Ramūnas Karbauskis ir Gabrielius Landsbergis
CORPORATE

ELECTIONS. Stumbling blocks to Conservatives and “Peasants” cooperation

During their elections campaigns both the Conservatives (TS-LKD) and the “Peasants” (LVŽS) stressed the need for education and social reform. How the reform should be done, however, particularly education, is where their opinions split. For […]

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Politics

Conservative leader comes out in support of gay partnership

Winds of tolerance and human rights appear to be blowing in the run up to the Seimas elections. A highlight of a Tuesday discussion at the Loftas venue, organised by the initiative “Žinau, ką renku” (I know who I’m voting for), was Seimas candidate responses to the question of LGBT rights, with the conservative leader Gabrielius Landsbergis delivering the biggest surprise with his statement in support of same-sex partnership, something his party has vehemently opposed. […]

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Society

Lithuania refuses residency permit to same-sex spouse

Lithuania’s Migration Department has refused to issue a temporary residence permit to a Belarusian man who married his Lithuanian male partner in the Netherlands. […]

Pora
Politics

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. […]

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Society

Strasbourg court ruling on same-sex unions relevant for Lithuania, lawyer says

The new practice of the European Court of Human Rights on regulation of same-sex relationships is significant for Lithuania, says a lawyer of the Vilnius-based Human Rights Monitoring Institute. […]