Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda confirmed on Wednesday he would have not signed the partnership bill, the way it was put before the Seimas, into law because of the almost identical definitions of marriage and partnership.
President confirms he would have not signed partnership law
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"I would have not signed it because it almost levels out the definitions of marriage and partnership. In other words, that definition in there is in fact the same as that of marriage," Nauseda said during his annual press conference on Wednesday.

Last spring, the Seimas rejected the proposal partnership bill with a majority of two votes. The bill proposed the introduction of gender-neutral partnerships. Its initiators have vowed to improve the bill and present it in the fall.

The bill defined civil partnership as "the fact of cohabitation of two persons (partners), registered in accordance with the procedure established by legal acts, for the purpose of establishing and (or) developing, and protecting the relationship of the partners".

The Lithuanian president has lately come under criticism from representatives of liberal political forces and public figures for his LGBTQ position, including his address to participants of a march of supporters of the traditional family, his adviser Povilas Maciulis' gratitude to the initiative's organizers, as well as his decision not to sign a letter of part of EU leaders on LGBTQ rights.

Nauseda also told the press conference on Wednesday that a possibility should be created to legalize same-sex relations, adding, however, that he now sees two opposite directions that need to be brought closer as "it's the way towards resolution".

Currently, Lithuanian laws do not recognize either opposite-sex or same-sex civil partnerships. Several previous attempts by liberal politicians to legislate civil partnerships fell through at an early stage of the parliamentary process.

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