Gay Rights

Minister Worried by New Lithuanian Law

Swedish Equality minister Nyamko Sabuni has called the new Lithuanian law making it illegal to promote certain sexual orientations, including homosexuality and bisexuality, "worrying". In a statement to Radio Sweden, she says that Sweden prioritizes freedom of speech and equal rights, and says that in an age when most countries are strengthening the rights of the LGBT community, it's both sad and worrying when a country goes in the opposite direction.

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

The law, which also prohibits the promotion of gaming, hypnosis, bad hygiene, and bad eating habits, will take effect on March 1, 2010.