Seimas lashes out at EP resolution

  • 2009-11-11
  • Oskars Magone

The Lithuanian children's protection law has been criticized for allowing discrimination based on sexual preference

VILNIUS - Seimas (Lithuanian Parliament) has passed a non-binding resolution attacking the European Parliament for interfering with national affairs.

The move came in response to a EP resolution that admonishes Lithuania over the controversial Law on the Protection of Minors.

The law, which is regularly criticized by human rights groups both nationally and across Europe, makes the discussion of homosexuality in school illegal. It clumps homosexuality alongside displaying pictures of mutilated corpses.

The European Parliament demanded that the law be revised so as not to allow discrimination based on sexual preference.

The most recent motion against the EU decision was created by Homeland Union-Christian Democrat Mantas Adomenas and supported by 52 votes to nine, with six abstentions, reported.

The bill came just one day after a eurobarometer survey found that 93 percent of Lithuanians are unaware of homosexuals living in their community.

The survey, which covered all 27 EU member states, found that Lithuanians are the least aware of homosexuals in their families and communities.

Lithuania has numerous times in the past come under harsh criticism for the widespread homophobia in the country.