Lithuania is set to legalize same-sex civil partnerships next year, but gay marriage could go away for a decade, according to the country’s only openly LGBT + MP – fully visible on the campaign trail this year Selected after giving.
The constitution of the Baltic nation states that marriages can only take place between a man and a woman, and Tomás Rascavicius stated that allowing a constitutional amendment would allow same-sex marriages to struggle to gain sufficient support over the next few years .
However, he is confident that registered participation for same-sex couples will become law before the next parliamentary election due in 2024.
“We are going to submit the bill in the spring session in March,” 31-year-old Ruskevicius, who represents the newly established Independence Party, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in a phone interview.
The introduction of the bill within the current parliamentary term was a condition of the opposition Liberal Party to join the ruling coalition.
“(Majority Homeland Union Party) has some members who have already declared that they are not going to vote for it, so we are going to look for some additional votes from the opposition, but I think we are fine Should be, ”Raskevicius said.
A member of the European Union since 2004, Lithuania has remained a mostly socially conservative country, with approximately three-quarters of 2.8 million people identifying as Roman Catholic.
Although homosexual sex was legalized in 1993, along with many other former Soviet countries, LGBT + people are still unable to adopt children and a law to prevent discussion of homosexuality with minors is on the books of the law Is made up
The “Protection of Minors” law is being considered by the European Court of Human Rights, but Raskevicius said it was his “dominant position … to remove that law” before the court’s decision.
Workplace discrimination based on sexuality was repealed in 2003, but a 2014 EU Agency for Fundamental Rights report found that 71% of LGBT + Lithuanians felt openly uncomfortable about their sexuality or gender identity did.
“We get caught up in this vicious cycle because LGBT people don’t have a chance to get out and then society doesn’t get a chance to meet them in real life, and then they hold some negative stereotypes about this community,” Raskevicius he said.
Lithuania’s first openly gay MP was Rokas Zilinkas, who died in 2017, but Raskevicius was the first to declare his sexuality before entering parliament.
Raskevicius, the nation’s only openly LGBT + jurist – who donated drag to garner support for the October election to challenge “conservatives about LGBT people” – recognizes the need to be a role model is.
But he is a reluctant one.
He said, “I am a normal man, who had a dream of being equal in this country and this dream has brought me to places I would never have imagined.”
After graduating from Vilnius University in 2011 and a year later at the Central European University of Budapest, Raskavius, who now serves as the chairman of the Parliament’s Human Rights Committee, worked for a range of human rights NGOs.
He said that in his “wildest dreams” he never imagined becoming a Member of Parliament.
“(It) feels great, it feels empowered,” he said.
“But now I also feel a greater responsibility because people gave me the trust and mandate to fulfill their promises, and now I have to work very hard to do so.”
(This story is published from a wire agency feed without textual modifications.)
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