European Parliament Warns Lithuania Not to Be ‘Homophobic’

January 25, 2011

On Thursday, 19th of January, at the plenary session in Strasbourg, the European Parliament voted in favor of a resolution that condemns a change of law in Lithuania that would allow for a fine for public promotion of homosexual relations. Once again, the European Parliament ignores the principle of subsidiarity.


The voted resolution is a joint initiative of Liberals, Socialists, Greens, and the European United Left/Nordic Green left groups. The reason for the resolution is a political motion in the Lithuanian Parliament without any European Dimension. The EU member state decided to start the procedure of consideration of a possible amendment to the Lithuanian Administrative Code stating that public promotion of homosexual relations should carry a fine. The proposed modifications have not been voted yet by the Plenary of the Lithuanian Parliament and are still under review by the Lithuanian national authorities. The European Parliament, however, considers a proposed and not yet voted amendment that is entirely subject to the Lithuanian Parliament a reason enough to intervene in a national matter of a member state. This is not the first time the European Parliament intervenes and takes action against Lithuania in matters of homosexuality and LGBT rights. In June 2009, the Lithuanian Parliament, Seimas, voted overwhelmingly to amend the ‘Law on the Protection of Minors against the Detrimental Effects of Public Information’ banning the direct dissemination of materials to minors in which homosexual, bisexual or polygamous relations are promoted. In September 2009, after a heavy campaign against the new Lithuanian law by some MEPs who are in close contact with the LGBT lobby, the European Parliament voted for a resolution asking the country to review the law and admonish its homophobic composure.

The resolution voted this week is an ideologically motivated infringement with the principle of subsidiarity. Again, it was introduces, promoted and pushed through by a group of MEPs holding radical LGBT views. The resolution abuses Member State sovereignty by calling for European intervention in the national legislative process in relation to a non-Govermental law proposal that has not yet been introduced in any parliamentary debate in Lithuania yet. Furthermore, it calls for even further EU policy documents and actions on an issue which is already adequately covered by multiple other instruments and Agency actions.