Free speech means just that however unpalatable
Anti Gay Parade activists protest during the ‘Baltic Pride 2013’ march earlier this summer in Vilnius, Lithuania (Getty)
If Lithuania is to fully enter the EU both economically and culturally they will have to address the issue of “equal rights” for all people irrespective of race, creed, colour, ethnicity, religious conviction AND sexual orientation.
The problem seems to me is that the catholic and orthodox churches have such influence in the country and they are hardly known for their tolerance and understanding of non-conformist behaviour.
It is not long since we had a Pope who refused to sanction the use of condoms in the fight against AIDS in Africa………..there is at least a chink of light in that the newly enshrined Pope has made some supportive if oblique references to sexual orientation.