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Lithuanian Law Targeting Gay Pride Parades Blocked In Procedural Vote

The bill is one of several proposals intended to curtail LGBT rights that the parliament will consider this spring.

Posted on March 13, 2014, at 9:58 a.m. ET

A bill that would impose a fine for "contempt" of "moral values" failed to get the necessary votes needed to be formally considered by Lithuania's parliament on Thursday.

The bill was intended to block events like gay pride marches, according to an explanatory memo submitted by the bill's sponsor, Member of Parliament Petras Gražulis.

Though a plurality of MPs voted to bring the proposal to a vote — 39 in favor, 34 opposed, and 20 abstentions — this was not enough to move the measure to a vote under rules of procedure.

Gražulis responded to the vote by accusing MPs from the Conservative party who did not back the bill of "changing not only their political orientation but their sexual orientation too."

Conservative Vida Marija Čigriejienė shot back that Gražulis should not talk about family values since he had recently split with his wife.

This proposal is one of a handful of laws intended to curtail LGBT rights slated to be taken up by the Lithuanian parliament this spring.

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