Lithuania must ensure the representation of the interests of all persons living together, Julius Pagojus, the candidate to become the country's next justice minister, said on Tuesday.
Julius Pagojus
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"I believe that Lithuania has an obligation to its citizens to ensure all legitimate interests, both property interests and other interests, of all people who live together. In what form this will done depends on the common will of the government and the common will of the Seimas," Pagojus told reporters when asked if the right to homosexual partnership should be recognized in Lithuanian law.

"The rights of people living together must be protected," he added

Pagojus was speaking to reporters after meeting with President Dalia Grybauskaitė.

Juozas Bernatonis, the justice minister in the caretaker government of Social Democratic Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius, initiated draft legislation to legalize partnerships between unmarried opposite-sex couples, but attempts to introduce the bills before the parliament have been unsuccessful so far.

Prime Minister-designate Saulius Skvernelis has said that he supports same-sex partnerships.

Pagojus, who worked as an advisor to Bernatonis between 2012 and 2014 and later held the post of deputy justice minister, said that he felt sufficiently experienced to take the ministerial job.

The 28-year-old Social Democrat currently is the head of the State Consumer Rights Protection Authority.

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