After months of wrangling over words and issues, the parliament of Lithuania is now prepared to pass legislation which will take a dramatic stand on prejudice and discrimination in the nation. The new law will prohibit discrimination of people over gender, race, nationality, language, origin, social status, beliefs or creed, age, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity or religion. The legislature did agree to exempt religious institutions which are dedicated to propogating certain values from being compelled to violate the basis of their institutional beliefs.
The legislation finally places Lithuania in accordance with the European Union Law on equal rights. The work of the Lithuania legislature is remarkable and goes a long way to protect the rights of all members of the community against hate and discrimination.