Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė signed the controversial Law on the Strengthening of the Family on Friday.
Dalia Grybauskaitė
© DELFI / Karolina Pansevič

According to a press release from the presidential press service, Grybauskaitė signed the law "after hearing and discussing various opinions, as well as seeing that the final version of the Law on the Strengthening of the Family adopted by the Seimas does not discriminate single mothers and fathers, unmarried couples with children and other persons who are not linked with close family relations."

The president had received calls to sign and to veto the law passed by the parliament a few weeks ago. Non-governmental organizations campaigning for the law said it was necessary for long-term and coordinated family policy, while critics said it could discriminate certain groups.

The law was adopted a few weeks ago with 60 votes in support, five votes against and nine abstentions. The law should take effect in March of 2018.

According to the preamble of the law , "a family is formed by free will of man and woman to take on moral and legal duties characteristic of a family ," and "the complementarity of man and woman is the base of a family as the primary and inherent community and an environment for raising, development and education of children."

The law envisages establishing new institutions, namely, a National Family Council and a Family Policy Commission, as well as municipal family councils for shaping and implementation of family policy.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.

Most-advanced US fighter jets land in Lithuania for 1st time

The United States' most-advanced fighter jets F-35 landed in Lithuania on Thursday.

MPs greenlight Rupsys' appointment as chief of defense

The Lithuanian parliament gave on Thursday the green light for the appointment of Major General...

President to nominate Skvernelis for Prime Minister after courtesy resignation

Lithuania's new President Gitanas Nauseda is expected to nominate on Thursday Saulius Skvernelis...

Prime Minister: several ministers to be replaced in Cabinet reshuffle

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says more than one ministers will be replaced in the...

Pulkauninkas resigns as chief forest officer

Marius Pulkauninkas is set to leave the post of Lithuania's chief forest officer on August 1 after...