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July 16, 2009

Lithuanian president expressed her disapproval of new law to keep gay info away from kids

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Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite, who took office last week, says she is upset that lawmakers passed a censorship bill that aims to keep information about homosexuality away from children.

Grybauskaite said on Thursday that although she is required to sign the bill into law, she would attempt to use constitutional tools to to propose amendments to the law later this year. She told reporters that it won’t be possible to implement the vaguely worded measure, which is set to take effect in March 2010.

She cited the vague wording of the measure, which bans the public dissemination of material deemed harmful to the “intellectual and moral development” of minors, including material that “agitates for homosexual, bisexual, and polygamous relations.”

Lithuanian lawmakers on Tuesday passed the bill which calls for banning the public dissemination of material deemed harmful to minors. The measure lists 19 examples of “detrimental” information, including material that “agitates for homosexual, bisexual, and polygamous relations,” instructions on how to make explosives and graphic depictions of violence or death.

It also bars information that gives credence to paranormal phenomena, hypnosis or “promotes bad eating.”

While critics said the text violated the freedom of speech and international standards of human rights, others said the vague wording would make it difficult to enforce.

The text does not define “public information” in detail, though it makes references to TV programs, films, computer games and advertising as well as online and print media accessible by children.

“This is absurd. I cannot even imagine how they will implement this law,” said Dainius Radzevicius, chairman of the Lithuanian Journalists Union.

Lithuania’s former president rejected the bill before he left office last week, but lawmakers voted 87-6 on Tuesday to override his veto. Forty-eight lawmakers either abstained or were absent in the 141-member legislature.

Supporters said the measure was necessary to defend traditional family values in the former Soviet republic of 3.4 million people, which joined the European Union and NATO in 2004.

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