Lithuania does not recognise same-sex marriages or civil partnerships. A bill to grant unmarried couples including same-sex couples some limited rights is pending in the Lithuanian Parliament Seimas. In , the Constitutional Court of Lithuania ruled that family does not derive exclusively from marriage, opening the possibility for partnerships or other forms of legal recognition to include same-sex couples. The other three, Mindaugas Puidokas , Saulius Skvernelis and Naglis Puteikis , expressed support for limited rights such as inheritance, common property, etc. On 25 March , nine members of the Seimas from the Social Democratic Party and the Liberal Movement introduced a civil partnership bill. A similar bill was introduced by deputies from the Liberal Movement on 30 May
Gay marriage ruling to foster 'Western-level tolerance', says Lithuanian top court
Gay marriage ruling to foster 'Western-level tolerance', says Lithuanian top court - LRT
The age of consent in Lithuania is 14 years [R1. On 28 January , it was reported that the Migration Department refused to issue a temporary residence permit to a Belarusian man who married his Lithuanian husband in the Netherlands. The men have the option to appeal the decision within 14 days at a regional court. Foreign nationals can apply for residence permits on the basis of family reunification in Lithuania [R1. On 11 January , the Constitutional Court reportedly condemned the routine denial of residency permits for the spouses of gay citizens who married abroad, ruling that the state must grant residence permits to foreign spouses of gay citizens even though same-sex unions are not recognised by law [R2. Article 39 provides On 17 November , Parliament narrowly rejected a bill that would have banned public promotion of homosexual relations on the first reading.
Religious Belief and National Belonging in Central and Eastern Europe
All European Union countries must recognise the residency rights of same-sex spouses , the EU's top court has ruled. In a landmark ruling for gay rights in Europe, the European Court of Justice ruled Romania must grant residence to the American husband of a local man even though Romania itself does not permit same-sex marriage. Adrian Coman, from Romania, and his American husband, Claibourn Robert Hamilton, have fought a six-year legal battle to get their marriage, which took place in Belgium in , legally recognised in the eastern European country. The ruling has implications for tens of thousands of same sex couples in Romania, Poland, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Lithuania and Latvia. While the case did not touch on the freedom of member states to set their own matrimony laws, campaigners have called on Brussels to push states to legalise same-sex marriage as a fundamental human right.
But when Florin Buhuceanu and Victor Ciobotaru went to a district town hall in the Romanian capital in March to apply for a marriage license, they got a most unfriendly reception. Accompanied by their lawyer and a representative of the LBGT lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender advocacy group Accept, the two men were naturally nervous, as same-sex partnerships are not recognized in Romania. Joined by another same-sex couple seeking a marriage license, the four men were hopeful that even if their requests were denied they would at least be treated in a respectful, professional manner. At first, the marriage clerk misunderstood the situation and assumed she was dealing with a petition for a heterosexual marriage.