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Fear and loathing in Lithuania

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Author(s): Kjetil Duvold | Inga Aaila

Journal: Baltic Worlds
ISSN 2000-2955

Volume: V;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 40;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: EU | sexual minorities | homophobia | discrimination

ABSTRACT
As an EU-member, Lithuania has to a large extent set up institutional mechanisms to combat homophobia. It has implemented anti-discrimination laws that are roughly in line with EU norms. At the same time, the country does not allow same-sex marriage, fails to recognize same-sex partnership (or indeed any form of civil partnership), and does not allow homosexual couples to adopt children. A still greater problem, note the authors, is that the political and cultural climate remains deeply hostile towards homosexuality and towards recognizing the rights of individuals of a minority sexual orientation.
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