Earlier this year, allies in Lithuania asked Them Before Us for help pushing back against the well-monied forces working to redefine the family.
- We strongly encouraged them to emphasize the rights of children in their efforts to preserve the natural family.
- We presented at their The Future of Europe, the Family, and Natural Human Rights conference
- Allies managed to get our children’s rights interview into the nation’s largest media outlet (English translation here).
- They published another children’s rights article here.
The result?? The massive effort to redefine the family in Lithuania was just defeated!
This morning, one family advocate in Lithuania sent me this:
Dear Katy,Yesterday Lithuanian parliament rejected the harmful civil union law, it’s a big win by now. You could hear children’s rights argument both in public discourse and in private conversations, your work really has a global impact! People also see, each time better, that it’s possible to love gay people and, at the same time, to protect children’s right to connection with both of their biological parents.
Them Before Us helped the Lithuanian people, and Lithuanian policy makers, understand the connection between marriage and the rights of children. We re-routed conversation away from adult desires and ensured, first and foremost, that everyone was asking, “What about the kids?”
If children are the focus of the debate, good policy will always be the result!
Your support allows Us to enthusiastically respond “Yes!” when any state or country needs our help. THANK YOU!
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Well doneKaty and team! Such great news!
We need more of this type of victory in Australia where the rights of children are largely ignored or considered secondary.
How is civil union a bad thing? They could make a civil union law without adoption. This is a human right to couples to have the same rights as the married couples.
But marriage is different. Marriage is a permanent union between a man and a woman. just being a couple has no legal or religious bounds.
Oh wait! I just read what the dispute was about. sorry.