Lithuanian Government Bans EU Pro-Homosexual Tour Truck

Wed Aug 20, 2008 - 12:15 pm EST

By Kathleen Gilbert

VILNIUS, Lithuania, August 20, 2008 ( - A touring truck hired by the European Union to spread a message of acceptance of homosexuality has been banned from public property in Lithuania for the second consecutive year, reports the homosexual news service

The truck was scheduled to arrive at a public venue in Vilnius today, and move to Kaunas on Friday.  But the cities’ mayors refused to admit the truck, and so it will stay on the private grounds of a supermarket parking lot.  In May of 2007, the Lithuanian government had banned the trucks from entering the country entirely.

Known as "anti-discrimination trucks," the huge yellow vehicles have toured the EU each year since 2003 with the motto "For Diversity.  Against Discrimination."  They attract passersby with "activities celebrating individuality and difference" in order that they might "explore discrimination and diversity issues." 

But Juozas Imbrasas, mayor of Vilnius, considers the entertainment to be thinly-veiled "propaganda of homosexuality."  The mayor of Kaunas, Andrius Kupcinskas, said more broadly that the "homosexual festival may cause many negative emotions." 

The ban represents steady Lithuanian resistance against European Union attempts to promote acceptance of homosexuality in its member states.  (See article

In February of this year Estonia, France, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Sweden, and the Czech Republic were listed in a memo that detailed those countries’ failings in living up to the EU’s definitions and directives for "discrimination" legislation. The memo by the Commissioner, Vladimir Spidla, set out in minute detail the transgressions of each of these countries and warned that a "reasoned opinion or letter of formal notice" will be sent to each.

The Dutch newspaper deVolkskrant said this meant that if these countries did not comply with the EU directives, the Commissioner could begin proceedings against these governments at the European Court of Justice.

In spite of such intimidation tactics by the EU, the Lithuanian Parliament passed the "Family Policy Concept" in June, which defines marriage as the union between a man and a woman, following Latvia’s example in 2005. (See

To contact the government of Lithuania:

Gedimino ave. 11
  LT-01103 Vilnius
  Tel. (+370 5) 266 3711
  Fax (+370 5) 266 3895
  E-mail [email protected]

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