35-year-old Domingo Avellaneda has been living in the town of Pumpėnai (Pasvalys District, northern Lithuania) for ten years and has no intention of leaving. The monk, who travelled across the globe from Argentina, has managed to breath new life into the local community, brought people back to church, and taught local youths to play basketball.
Lithuanian president says discussions on same-sex partnership are premature
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė says discussions on introducing same-sex partnerships in Lithuania are premature. She did not, however, express her position on the issue.
"I think these discussions in Lithuania are very premature and are only starting. I think it's worth holding discussions on any issue in Lithuania. And when the time comes, then we'll decide. I think it's a very premature discussion," the president told journalists on Thursday.
The Liberal Movement is the only party in Lithuania in favor of same-sex partnerships. Man-woman partnerships are not legalized in Lithuania either.
Same-sex couples are currently allowed to get married in eight European countries: Belgium, Denmark, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden. The British parliament has also recently gave its initial backing to same-sex marriages. Gay partnerships are legalized in 13 European countries.
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