złe wieści z Litwy-konserwatyści znów majstrują przy "definicji rodziny" :(((
Pre-history: http://www.baltictimes.com/news/articles/29789/


Here are some excerpts from a discussion in the Parlament, just for „fun“:

  • „The explanation of the Constitutional Court makes us imagine a family as a shapless mass, any shapless mass related by some kind of unity. What to do? This shapeless mass could be 10 minutes for 100 litas or two guys living in a dorm together too. We shouldn't have such uncertainities.“ – MP Rimantas Jonas Dagys.
  • „We have distorted the last names, we have made čirves, zvonkes* and so on. <...> We want to discredit everything. What is a family? Are we a catholic country** or not? If we are a catholic country, we should understand „a family“ like our great-grandparents, grandparents and our parents.“ -  MP Bronius Bradauskas
  • From recent discussions about the family it seems that we have to live like elks, when one male has 12 females. So in this case everyone should get used to the fact, that every men „will have real horns given by their partners***“. - MP Bronius Bradauskas
  • „We must help for the immature youth to come to the moral way of life“ - MP Bronius Bradauskas
* In Lithuanian language unmarried women have their last names ending -ytė, -aitė, -utė, and married women have their last names ending -ienė, what shows a marital status. Nowadays both for married and unmarried women it is popular to get a neutral last name ending , which doesn't show their marital statuses.
** According to The Constitution, Lithuania is a secular state.
*** It's a metaphore for cheating.
The Parliament members of the Republic of Lithuania

The President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė

REGARDING FAMILY DIVERSITY AND SOCIALLY SENSITIVE FAMILY POLICY
Vilnius

24th April, 2012

The Lithuanian Parliament gave green light to a proposal by a group of MPs aimed at amending
Article 38 of the Constitution of Lithuania so that it associates the family with marriage. The
submitted proposal defines the family exclusively as a marriage-based interrelation between a
man and a woman and through relations of motherhood and fatherhood.
The Parliament attempts to adopt the new law before the new election will take place in
October.
On 24th of April 62 Parliament members voted in favor of the submission of such an amended
draft law amending the Constitution, 13 voted against, 13 abstained.
The “Amendments of the Constitution … must be considered and voted at the Seimas twice.
There must be a break of not less than three months between the votes. A draft law on the
alteration of the Constitution shall be deemed adopted by the Seimas if, during each of the
votes, not less than 2/3 of all the Members of the Seimas vote in favour thereof.” The first
voting will take place in not less than 10 days from 24th April.
It is doubtful that the Parliament members’ true aim is to strengthen the family or marital
institution as the current version of the Constitution already states that “The family shall be the
basis of society and the State” and “Marriage shall be concluded upon the free mutual consent
of man and woman”.
The newly proposed definition “Family shall be created by marriage.” is drafted in order to
exclude families or partnerships created outside marriage.
It is alarming that the parliamentarians publicly admit they wish to prevent same-sex couples
from ever having a possibility to marry. By doing this the Parliament are excluding many other
groups, such as heterosexual unmarried couples, children without parents, as the main mission
is to limit the definition of marriage to a concept of ‘traditional’ marriage.
However, we believe that there is no common understanding of what constitutes a ‘traditional’
family, as the understanding of this concept is under continuous change. We also believe
that applying a legal definition of a family is most definitely not required for two people to be
considered a family in the eyes of each other and/or the society.
We urge the Parliament to preserve the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania adopted by
citizens of the Republic of Lithuania in the Referendum of 25 October 1992, which states that:
“The family shall be the basis of society and the State.
Family, motherhood, fatherhood and childhood shall be under the protection and care of the

State.
Marriage shall be concluded upon the free mutual consent of man and woman.
The State shall register marriages, births, and deaths. The State shall also recognise church
registration of marriages.
In the family, the rights of spouses shall be equal.
The right and duty of parents is to bring up their children to be honest people and faithful
citizens and to support them until they come of age.
The duty of children is to respect their parents, to take care of them in their old age, and to
preserve their heritage.”

We encourage the Parliament to implement the provisions of the Civil Code, by enacting a law
that would allow a de facto and/or de jure partnership. We also encourage the Parliament to
ensure the accessibility of the social and healthcare services to all kinds of families, expand
the network of the public kindergartens, guarantee applicable family and work reconciliation
conditions, introduce compulsory sexual education and the implementation of the reproductive
rights.

The petition has been already signed by 30 non-governmental organisations and 877 persons.

Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights
Contact person: Lawyer Birutė Sabatauskaitė, e-mail: Adres poczty elektronicznej jest chroniony przed robotami spamującymi. W przeglądarce musi być włączona obsługa JavaScript, żeby go zobaczyć. , tel. 0037068722991
Comparative draft law

The Law on the Amendment of the Article 38

of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania

dd-mm-2012, No.

Vilnius

Article 38

The family shall be the basis of society and the State.

Family shall be created by marriage.

Marriage shall be concluded upon the free mutual consent of man and woman.

Family also rises from motherhood and fatherhood. Marriage, family, motherhood, fatherhood and

childhood shall be under the protection and care of the State.

Marriage shall be concluded upon the free mutual consent of man and woman.

The State shall register marriages, births, and deaths. The State shall also recognise church

registration of marriages.

In the family, the rights of spouses shall be equal.

The right and duty of parents is to bring up their children to be honest people and faithful citizens

and to support them until they come of age.

The duty of children is to respect their parents, to take care of them in their old age, and to preserve

their heritage.
 

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