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Lituanian President Wants to Change Anti-Gay Law

Published torsdag 16 juli 2009 kl 17.51
Dalia Grybauskaitė and Fredrik Reinfeldt

Lithuania’s visiting new president says she intends to try to change her country’s new law against homosexuality.

The legislation makes it illegal to speak positively about homosexuality with persons under the age of 18. Dalia Grybauskairté has been president of Lithuania since Sunday. She told a Stockholm press conference Thursday that she thinks the law is too ambiguous to be enforced, and also gives her country a bad reputation.

 Her host, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, is also the leader of the European Union during the current Swedish EU presidency. Asked about the Lithuanian law, Reinfeldt said his government has reacted, but he downplayed the power of the presidency to influence legislation in member countries.

The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights (RFSL) has condemned Lithuania's new law. RFSL warns that the law could lead to the censorship of organizations, schools, and media, ultimately isolating homosexuals in Lithuania.

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