The bills include proposals to ban "violation of constitutional moral values" and state that "every child has the natural right to a father and mother, arising from gender differences and mutual complementarity of motherhood and fatherhood" and this way prevent adoption by same-sex couples.
A letter to European Parliament President Martin Schulz, the EP Human Rights Committee, the EP Intergroup on LGBT Rights, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, and Lithuanian MEPs was signed by 11 Seimas members from three political groups.
In the letter, Lithuanian lawmakers are calling on EU institutions, officials, and MEPs to express their opinion on the "proposals that violate human rights and inactivity of state institutions, inciting hatred of homosexual and bisexual people."
"As state institutions fail to take measures to prevent the incitement of homophobic behavior, violent attacks, especially during the march For Equality, are likely," the MPs said in the letter.
Social Democratic Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius also said earlier that anti-gay bills damage Lithuania's image. In his words, proposals to fine organizes of gay marches may run counter to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and the Treaty on the functioning of the European Union.
An LGBT march is set to be held in Vilnius in late July for the second time soon after Lithuania takes the rotating EU presidency on July 1.