The only LGBT group in Lithuania is highly persecuted

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The office of the Lithuanian Gay League (LGL) – the country’s only non-governmental organization representing LGBT+ people, is reported to have been arsoned by antagonists. The front door and door blinds of the organization’s office were set on fire by a passing taxi driver. The group believes it was a hate crime attack on the local LGBT community, which interests are represented by the group. “This incident clearly indicates that hate crimes on the ground of sexual orientation and gender identity remain an important issue in Lithuania,” said LGL’s executive director Vladimir Simonko in a statement, saying that he is deeply disappointed that such views still exist in modern European country like Lithuania. Although homosexuality was decriminalized in 1993, civil partnerships and equal marriage remain illegal in the country, and homosexuality is highly socially condemned. Same-sex adoption is also effectively illegal in the couple as, generally, parents must be married in order to adopt a child. Discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation was made illegal in 2005.

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