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de Brún votes to urge repeal of Lithuanian "anti-gay" law

17 September, 2009 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún today voted for a resolution condemning the recent anti-gay law set to come into force in Lithuania in 2010.

The controversial law, which is the same as Margaret Thatcher's now disowned Section 28, is called 'The Protection of Minors against the Detrimental Effect of Public Information' and bans what it refers to as 'propaganda of homosexuality and bisexuality ...from schools and any other places where it can be accessed by young people.'

The European Parliament resolution condemns this law and reiterates the European Union's commitment to equality and non-discrimination regardless of sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation.
Concern regarding the law was raised by MEPS across the Parliament, and de Brún backed a call from the European Parliament's intergroup on LGBT requesting the Parliament's President Jerzy Buzek to write to the Lithuanian authorities registering the concern of MEPs with the intention that the law be reviewed before it enters into force.

de Brún said:

"This law has no place in twenty-first century Europe and I hope that our actions here in the European Parliament will make the Lithuanian government reconsider their proposals.” CRÍOCH

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