Historic humanist wedding in Lithuania gathers more than 21,000 signatures

  • post Type / Members and partners
  • Date / 31 May 2024

On April 24, 2024, in Vilnius, Lithuania, a historic humanist wedding ceremony for Vitalius (70) and Albinas (85) took place, marking a significant moment for same-sex couples in the country. The couple, who have been together for 52 years, decided to publicly share their love story after decades of secrecy due to societal pressures and legal prohibitions against same-sex relationships.


The Lithuanian organization “Laimingas Žmogus” (Happy Human), also an Associate of Humanists International, orchestrated the event, offering free wedding ceremonies to homosexual couples until same-sex marriage becomes legal in Lithuania. The ceremony, attended by around 100 friends and influencers, featured a Humanist wedding certificate signed by all attendees. The event received extensive media coverage, bringing attention to the couple’s story and the broader issue of LGBTI+ rights in Lithuania.

In addition to the physical signatures gathered during the ceremony, an online campaign was launched, allowing people to sign the wedding certificate virtually. This initiative resulted in over 21,000 signatures, making it the most signed marriage certificate in Lithuanian history and a powerful symbol of support for same-sex couples.

On May 17th, the International Day Against Homophobia, Laimingas žmogus presented the couple with the printed certificate, which included all the signatures. An informational stand about the ceremony was also placed at the Modern Art Museum, where the ceremony was held, highlighting its significance.

The event has become a significant advocacy tool for LGBT+ rights in Lithuania, symbolizing hope and recognition for same-sex couples in a country where same-sex marriage is still not legal.

Urtė Žukauskaitė-Zabukė, CEO of Laimingas Žmogus (Happy Human), commented:

“I strongly believe humanist ceremonies create a future, in which all human beings and their choices are respected and recognized. „Happy human”, being a competent service provider for such ceremonies, has a unique role to be a bridge between human rights advocates and the best wedding market professionals.”

WordPress theme developer - whois: Andy White London