Scared by influx of Muslim and gay families, Lithuanian parliament suspends transfer of EU directives to national law

Published: September 16, 2011

The Seimas fears that following adoption of the Law on the Legal Status of Foreigners Lithuania will be open to married Muslims with four wives and gay couples. The presentation of the draft of this law was therefore suspended on Tuesday and the Committee on Legal Affairs of the Seimas was assigned to assess the constitutionality of the draft.  
The compliance of the draft of the law with the Constitution caused doubts in most members of the Seimas, and 82 MPs therefore voted in favour of the assessment of the draft law by the committee.
As reported by portal,  the debate in the Seimas was provoked by a provision of the proposed law under which the concept of a family member who may arrive to Lithuania under facilitated conditions includes a spouse or a party with whom a registered partnership agreement was finalised. 
MP Rimantas Jonas Dagys stated that this definition of family will enable ‘Muslims with four wives and same sex spouses’ to come to Lithuania. ‘Why are we trying to, de facto, legalise this extended understanding of the family, disregarding the fact that our Constitution does not allow this?’ was the question Dagys addressed to Interior Minister Raimundas Palaitis, who presented the draft law to the parliament.
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