Seimas Speaker thinks that address to EU institutions over LGBT rights was too hasty

03/07/2013
Submitted by ILGA-Europe

Repostde from The Lithuania Tribune: http://en.delfi.lt/42633/seimas-speaker-thinks-that-address-to-eu-institutions-over-lgbt-rights-was-too-hasty-201342633/

Lithuanian Parliamentary Speaker Vydas Gedvilas believes that the Seimas’ move to turn to the European Union (EU) institutions over pending bills that could restrict gay rights was too hasty.

In comment made by a group of parliamentarians, Gedvilas, of the ruling Labour Party, said on Wednesday morning that the bills are in their initial phase.

“They have only been approved for discussion. These discussions have not yet been started, and we have already turned to [European Parliament’s President] Martin Schulz,” he commented.

“It seems to me that we should solve these problems ourselves, rather than ask someone to come and rescue us,” Gedvilas continued.

He dismissed the bills as illogical, expressing doubt as to whether they would secure a sufficient number of parliamentary votes.

In mid-June, a group of parliamentarians turned to EU institutions for a position on whether the bills discussed at the Lithuanian Seimas discriminate against sexual minorities.

The bills include proposals to ban “violation of constitutional moral values” and state that “every child has the right to a father and mother, arising from gender differences and mutual complementation of motherhood and fatherhood”, and thus prevent adoption by homosexual persons.

The letter to European Parliament President Martin Schulz, the EP Human Rights Committee, the EP Intergroup on LGBT Rights, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights and Lithuanian MEPs was signed by 11 Seimas members representing three political groups.


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