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ADDED ON: 12/21/2020

Lithuania set to legalize gay civil partnerships next year, says LGBT+ lawmaker

12/21/2020 | Hindustan Times

Lithuania looks set to legalise same-sex civil partnerships next year, but gay marriage could be up to a decade away, according to the country’s only openly LGBT+ lawmaker – elected this year after appearing on the campaign trail in full drag. The Baltic nation’s constitution says marriage can only be between a man and a woman, and Tomas Raskevicius said a constitutional amendment allowing same-sex marriage would struggle to gain enough support in the next few years. He is confident, however, that registered partnerships for same-sex couples will become law before the next parliamentary election due in 2024. “We’re going to submit the bill in the spring session in March,” Raskevicius, 31, who represents the newly established Freedom Party, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in a phone interview. The bill’s introduction within the current parliamentary term was a condition of the opposition Liberal Party for joining the ruling coalition.

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