Lithuania to consider five anti-gay, anti-trans bills

Five homophobic and transphobic bills are under consideration in Lithuania

Lithuania to consider five anti-gay, anti-trans bills
10 September 2013

Five anti-gay and anti-trans bills are to be considered in the Lithuania parliament later this year.

These bills include  a complete ban on gender reassignment, banning same-sex adoption and ‘criticisms of homosexual behavior’ no longer being classified as hate speech.

The first proposed amendment would place a ban on all trans surgery in Lithuania.

Official notes for the amendment states as Lithuanian society views ‘gender reassignment as very controversial’, it should be prohibited.

‘Society is not ready to accept gender reassignment practices due to certain psychosocial reasons, and therefore the permission to undergo gender reassignment surgeries will lead to a number of medical and ethical issues,’ it says.

The reasoning goes on to ignorantly state it is impossible to reassign gender surgically because it ‘is determined genetically from the very moment of conception’.

Following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), in 2007, Lithuania is obliged to enact a law regulating the procedure and conditions of gender reassignment.

Following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), in 2007, Lithuania is obliged to enact a law regulating the procedure and conditions of gender reassignment. – See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/lithuania-proposes-anti-trans-law190712#sthash.EWXTuwNQ.dpuf

A proposal that will lead to a complete ban on same-sex adoption is also being considered by the parliament on the grounds of child protection.

The explanatory note accompanying the proposal stipulates: ‘every child has the natural right to a father and a mother’.

Two further suggestions seem to be aimed at stopping protests, in particularly Pride marches. One amendment seeks to make organizers of public events liable to administrative charges and fines for the ‘public denigration of constitutional moral values’. Fines could be as high as €1800 ($2400).

The second amendment, which has yet to be formally placed on the agenda, seeks to require the organizers of public events to cover expenses in relation to ensuring the safety and order of the public.

‘Criticisms of homosexuality’, a bill that could see hate crime made legal, will also be discussed after being postponed at the parliament’s spring session.

It seeks to amend the Criminal Code by inserting a provision: ‘the criticism of sexual behavior or sexual practices, convictions or believes, or persuasion to change this behavior, practices, convictions or believes cannot per se be qualified as harassment, denigration, incitement to hatred, discrimination or incitement to discrimination.’

The bills are expected to be heard in December this year.

It follows Lithuanian lawmakers attempting to enact a Russia-style law banning ‘gay propaganda’, failing after the Central Electoral Commission refused to allow them to collect signatures for a referendum.

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

JK Rowling’s new book The Casual Vacancy includes gay plot

Author of the Harry Potter series has divided critics with her new novel released for adults
No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available

No more Edna, possums

Barry Humphries hangs up his glittered gloves and bids farewell to a few fond friends
No thumbnail available

Church of England comes close to electing its first gay bishop

Openly gay clergyman Dr Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans, reportedly missed appointment as the Church of England’s first gay bishop by a single vote
No thumbnail available

Ian Reisner: 'Gay men are cheap and entitled'

The prominent gay businessman hosted an event for Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz last month (April)
No thumbnail available

X Factor star Sam Bailey: ‘Everyone thought I was a lesbian’

Gay Star News speaks to the reigning X Factor UK champion about getting pregnant in gay bars, growing willies in your belly and the perils of short hair
No thumbnail available

Texas Republicans stand up for ex-gay therapy

'We recognize the legitimacy and value of counseling which offers reparative therapy and treatment to patients who are seeking escape from the homosexual lifestyle'
No thumbnail available

Man jailed for nine years after raping ‘paralytic’ lesbian on bar floor

30-year-old Charles Franklin claims he had consensual sex with a lesbian who was inebriated after leaving a wedding in Bristol
No thumbnail available

National Diversity Awards to air on TV for the first time

Big Brother star Brian Dowling says: 'To witness the outstanding work of all the nominees and award winners was extraordinary.'
No thumbnail available

Despite facing stigma, children of gay couples are thriving

New research concludes the children of same-sex parent households achieve above average scores in terms of health and wellbeing, but can still be prone to discrimination