Central electoral commission refused LGBT propaganda referendum initiative

05/08/2013
Submitted by ILGA-Europe

Reposted from Lithuania Tribune: http://www.lithuaniatribune.com/46770/central-electoral-commission-refused-lgbt-propaganda-referendum-initiative-201346770/

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Lithuania’s Central Electoral Commission on Monday refused registration to a steering group for the collection of signatures in support of a referendum on restriction of the dissemination of information on homosexual individuals.

The registration was supported by four members of the committee, five were against, two abstained.

The 22-member steering group was proposed by Kaunas City Council member Gintautas Labanauskas.

The Kaunas politician wanted the referendum in support of the wording that “any information related with propagation of homosexuality

The proposed wording was criticised by the Seimas’ Legal Department, saying that the provision would be discriminatory and run counter to the Lithuanian Constitution and international conventions.

Labanausaks dismissed the legal conclusions as partial. “The observations are partial and redundant. In our opinion, we do not violate any laws or legal acts, furthermore, we do not restrict minority rights,” said the politician.

Asked to specify what the propaganda of homosexuality is, Labanauskas said there “should be no aggressive advertisement of homosexuality.”

He said he has not yet decided on taking the electoral authority’s decision to court.

To initiate the referendum, initiators must collect signatures of at least 300,000 eligible voters within three months.


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