2021.05.10 16:30

One third of Lithuanians support same-sex partnership – survey

LRT.lt2021.05.10 16:30

While one third of Lithuanians favour introducing same-sex partnership, two thirds do not support the initiative, a survey commissioned by LRT suggests.

The pollster Norstat polled 1,100 people, a sample representing the country's population.

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Asked whether they approved of a civil partnership law that would recognise relations between same-sex partners, 30 percent of the respondents said they did, 65 percent said they did not, and the remaining 5 percent had no opinion on the issue.

Younger people were more likely to favour the initiative: 52 percent in the 18–24 age group and 48 percent aged 25–34.

Meanwhile, older people tended to be sceptical about same-sex partnership, with 29 percent favouring the initiative in the 35–44 age group.

The survey commissioned by LRT was conducted between April 19 and May 4. Norstat polled 1,100 respondents using a combination of a telephone poll (81 percent) and an online survey (19 percent).

A group of Liberal MPs have recently proposed to legalise gender-neutral partnership.

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

The new bill would define 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 initiators say the law would put in place a model of registered gender-neutral partnership.

The draft partnership law has been included into the parliament's spring session agenda, although the bill has not been formally registered yet.

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