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Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania

Article 38. The family shall be the basis of society and the State. Family, motherhood, fatherhood, and childhood shall be under the protection and care of the State. Marriage shall be concluded upon the free mutual consent of man and woman. The State shall register marriages, births, and deaths. The State shall also recognise the church registration of marriages. In the family, the rights of spouses shall be equal.The right and duty of parents shall be to bring up their children to be honest people and faithful citizens, and to support them until they reach the age of majority. The duty of children shall be to respect their parents, to take care of them in their old age, and to preserve their heritage.