Lithuanian president says discussions on same-sex partnership are premature

21/02/2013
Submitted by ILGA-Europe

Reposted from 15min: http://www.15min.lt/en/article/politics/lithuanian-president-says-discussions-on-same-sex-partnership-are-premature-526-309293

Lithuanian President Dalia GrybauskaitÄ— says discussions on introducing same-sex partnerships in Lithuania are premature. She did not, however, express her position on the issue.

"I think these discussions in Lithuania are very premature and are only starting. I think it's worth holding discussions on any issue in Lithuania. And when the time comes, then we'll decide. I think it's a very premature discussion," the president told journalists on Thursday.

The Liberal Movement is the only party in Lithuania in favor of same-sex partnerships. Man-woman partnerships are not legalized in Lithuania either.

Same-sex couples are currently allowed to get married in eight European countries: Belgium, Denmark, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden. The British parliament has also recently gave its initial backing to same-sex marriages. Gay partnerships are legalized in 13 European countries.


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