Lithuania’s top court grants residence permits for same-sex foreign spouses

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01/12/2019

Lithuania’s top court has ruled that foreign spouses of gay citizens must be granted residence permits. The Constitutional Court ruled that denying residency permits to the spouses of gay Lithuanian citizens who had married abroad was discriminatory and a breach of human dignity. ‘The refusal to issue permits cannot be based only on gender identity or sexual orientation,’ the court stated. The landmark ruling comes despite same-sex unions not being legally recognized in the Baltic state. However, it comes after the European Union (EU) ruled that all EU member states must recognize freedom of movement for same-sex married couples in June last year.

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