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Proposal to ban
same-sex marriage draws criticism in Lithuania

Proposal to ban
same-sex marriage draws criticism in Lithuania

A proposal to ban same-sex marriage could make Lituania the second Europen Union state to limit marriage.

A proposal to ban same-sex marriage in Lithuania is unnecessary because such marriages are already illegal, said chairman of the Lithuanian parliament's Legal Committee, Julius Sabatauskas. If passed, the measure would make Lithuania the second European Union state to constitutionally ban same-sex marriage, after Latvia passed such an amendment earlier this month.

But according to the Baltic News Service, Sabatauskas, of the ruling Social Democrats, said he was astonished by the intention of Conservative MP Irena Degutiene to start collecting signatures in January in support of an amendment to the constitution to ban marriages between persons of the same sex. In Sabatauskas's words, the article of the country's main law clearly defines that "marriage is made by free will of a man and a woman."

"This makes it absolutely clear that marriages between persons of the same sex are against the law," Sabatauskas said. "The Civil Code also gives a comprehensible definition of marriage with a person of the opposite sex. The Civil Code defines marriage as a voluntary agreement between a man and a woman to create legal family relations between a woman and a man, as stipulated by law." (Advocate.com)

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