European Parliament Urges Lithuania To Drop Anti-Gay Law
The proposed amendment, if passed by the Lithuania Seimas, would punish the ‘public promotion of homosexual relations’ with fines up to €2,900.
The resolution was presented to MEPs by the S&D, ALDE, Greens/EFA and GUE/GNL groups after a series of worrying events in Lithuania. Local authorities recently adopted a Law on the Protection of Minors against the Detrimental Effects of Public Information.
The legislation approved by the Lithuanian government is an attempted ban on gay and equality demonstrations and use of hate speech by leading politicians.
The EP said that minors should be able to access information about homosexuality freely and asked the European Commission to present a plan to combat homophobia.
The Lithuanian Parliament is currently analyzing probable amendments to the law and has not voted on the law until the review is over. The proposed amendments are in conflict with EU law.
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