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4% of Lithuanian’s approve of gay civil partnerships

4% of Lithuanian’s approve of gay civil partnerships

Public support for same-sex civil partnerships in Lithuania has dropped according to a recent poll.

Just 4% of Lithuanian's approved of same-sex unions according to a new survey conducted by research company RAIT in November 2011. The results show an 8% drop from 2009.

Of the 1,003 people participating in the survey, a quarter believed that civil partnerships – both gay and straight – should not be recognised at all.

Eduardas Platovas, project director at the Lithuanian Gay League told Gay Star News: 'We think the reason for this drop is because of the strong public discourse about family values happening at the moment.

'The conservative government is putting a lot of emphasis on traditional family values and the changes made recently to the constitution will have influenced public opinion.'

In late December, the Lithuanian government (lead by the Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats party) passed its first Constitutional amendment which defines marriage as the union between one man and one woman. The conservatives also amended the notion of 'family', restricting it to married heterosexual couples only.

In a separate survey conducted by research company GfK Custom Research Baltic, Lithuanian respondents were asked about their willingness to live next to different social and ethnic groups. It showed 56% said they were not willing to live next to homosexuals. A third, however, answered 'it does not matter'.