A gay couple who posted a picture of them kissing on Facebook is being told to not complain about death threats as they were asking for it.
A Lithuania court has dismissed a formal complaint after a series of online comments threatened two students who posted the same-sex kiss picture.
The District Court of KlaipÄ—da City claims a person who posts a photo such as this ‘has to anticipate that such an eccentric act would clearly discourage the common understanding and tolerance amongst people in our society who have different views and opinions.’
When the two students, who we will not name, posted the pic they received a deluge of hateful, nasty comments.
‘Die fags’, ‘smash their heads in’, ‘burn in hell’ were just a few of the things they were told online.
The LGL, the gay rights organization in Lithuania, submitted a complaint to the Prosecutor General’s Office informing them that the people supporting a physical assault on gay people was violating the Criminal Code of the Republic of Lithuania.
The Prosecutor ruled that while ‘inappropriate’ words were used, the use of them was not ‘basis for criminal responsibility’.
‘A person who publishes private information on a social network, practices the freedom of expression, has to take into account the fact that freedom is inseparable from the obligation to respect other people’s beliefs and traditions,’ they said.
Judge Rasa StonkuvienÄ— also concluded the general public should ‘treasure traditional family values’.