By Peter J. Smith
VILNIUS, May 16, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The mayor of Lithuania’s capital came out in support of trolley bus drivers who refused to go to work until pro-homosexual ads were removed from their lines.
The trolley bus drivers went on strike until the ads “A gay can serve in the police” and “A lesbian can work at school” were finally taken down.
The newly elected mayor of Vilnius, Juozas Imbrasas backed the drivers Tuesday, and criticised the dissemination of homosexual propaganda in the face of Lithuania’s commitment to traditional family values.
“We tolerate people of any kind of sexual orientation, nevertheless with priority for traditional family and seeking to promote the family values, we disapprove the public display of homosexualists’ ideas in the city of Vilnius,” he said.
Algirdas Krivickas, director of the trolley bus company in the town of Kaunas, told Reuters some drivers feared the ads were deliberately provocative and would anger citizens in the pro-family nation.
“Some said they feared the trolley bus could be vandalised, some said they do not want friends to laugh at them,” said Krivickas.
Both Baltic countries, Lithuania and Latvia, are targets of the European Union’s pro-homosexual agenda, which mandated the countries include “sexual orientation” among anti-discrimination laws as a condition of membership and benefits in the EU.
Lithuania will become home to the European Institute for Gender Equality later in the year, and the government has provided one third of the funds to promote the EU’s campaign in Lithuania for homosexual tolerance – tolerance which elsewhere invariably leads to intolerance for any criticism of homosexual behaviour.
Nevertheless, half of Lithuanian MPs believe homosexuality is perverse behaviour, and a poll last December found that just 17% of Lithuanians support same-sex “marriage” making the country vastly opposed to the EU’s homosexual imperialism.
The nation celebrated a “Day of Life” on April 29, with its first march for life and family among celebrations in Vilnius.
Pro-family advocates in nearby Latvia are also gearing up for a confrontation with militant homosexuals determined to flaunt their disregard for Latvian family values with a “Pride” parade in Riga this June. Latvia’s leading church leader, Cardinal Janis Pujats, has warned laws protecting and propagating homosexual behaviour would constitute a “true military attack” on Latvian family values.
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