ADDED ON: 01/24/2023

Rights court fines Lithuania for putting warning label on LGBT children’s book

01/23/2023 | Lithuanian University of Education in 2013.

Europe’s top rights court sided with a deceased Lithuanian children’s book author on Monday in a dispute stemming from the government’s view that gay fairy tales harm children. The European Court of Human Rights ruled that Lithuania’s decision to restrict the publication of a fairy tale collection by author Neringa Macatė was discriminatory as it showed the preference of authorities for opposite-sex marriage over same-sex unions. The Strasbourg-based court also found the government violated her freedom of expression. “Amber Heart,” a collection of six modern fairy tales, used traditional motifs from classical works but featured marginalized groups, including characters with disabilities, nomadic Roma people and same-sex couples. The book was published by the Lithuanian University of Education in 2013.

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