Post submitted by Jane WothayaThirikwa, HRC Global Engagement Fellow

Lawmakers in Lithuania voted against a bill mirroring Russia’s "anti-LGBT propaganda" law, that would have outlawed LGBT pride parades, along with pubic speeches, campaign materials and audio-visual materials perceived to be in support of LGBT rights.

The bill, one of four introduced by Order and Justice Party MP Petras Gražulis, proposed fines for the "contempt of moral values" of up to 6000 litas ($2500, €1800) for "repeat offenses."

A second bill would force the organizers of LGBT pride events to pay for all expenses related to ensuring safety and public order in the course of an event. Another seeks to ban adoption by same-sex couples, while the last would legalize the vilification of LGBT people.

Neither same-sex marriage nor civil partnerships are legal, but protection against discrimination was legislated in 2005, as part of the criteria for European Union accession in 2010

Gražulis has a history of making extreme claims about LGBT people – equating them to pedophiles and bestiality and has called for them to be thrown out of Lithuania in the past.

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