The European Commission (EU) plans to look into the complaint filed by the Lithuanian Gay League, an LGBT rights NGO, about the restrictions to air its video ad on television.
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"The commission's services will consider your complaint in the light of the applicable European Union law," the EC Directorate of Communications Networks, Content and Technology said in a letter.

Under the document, acceptance of the complaint does not automatically mean start of a formal violation procedure against Lithuania.

A copy of the letter was received by BNS from the Lithuanian Gay League.

Some Lithuanian television channels last week refused to broadcast a social advertisement about LGBT issues, quoting an expert conclusion endorsed by the inspector for journalist ethics.

According to the conclusion, the video about LGBT people may have a negative impact on "emotional, spiritual and mental development and health of underage persons".

The experts noted that the video implies that a family may "consist of persons of the same sex, expressing a call to change the attitude towards same-sex families". A law meant to protect minors against harmful public information expressly restricts exposure of material that is deemed contrary to the "constitutional concept" of marriage, namely, as only between a man and a woman.

The Lithuanian Gay League said the video was aimed at combatting the stereotypes about LGBT individuals.

The organization said a complaint had been filed in connection to an earlier ban, as well, when the Lithuanian national television decided to restrict broadcasts of two videos inviting to the Baltic Pride 2013.

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