Moldovan lawmakers narrowly voted on Friday (October 11) to overturn the country’s ‘propaganda’ style law, which prohibits the promotion of homosexuality to minors, and which was passed just four months ago, in June. The move is being widely interpreted as politicised, in the context of Moldova’s impending European Union accession bid, ahead of November’s EU summit in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Photo: A small group of LGBT young people demonstrate in favour of freedom of assembly in Moldova, February 2013. Source.
The Moldovan Parliament voted Friday to remove a clause that barred the promotion of “relationships than those linked to marriage and the family”, effectively scrapping the controversial restrictions which have been enacted in Russia, and tabled by politicians in Lithuania, the Ukraine, Armenia and Belarus.
The Moldovan law was strongly backed by the country’s Orthodox Christian church, and Moscow reportedly opposed Friday’s decision.
Several dozen Christians are reported to have gathered to protest outside the parliament with crosses and icons, and tried to block lawmakers from entering.
Many LGBTI activists are treating the developments with cautious optimism. As Towleroad blogged: ‘”Today they are allowing this propaganda and tomorrow they will allow gay marriages,” said priest Ghenadie Valuta. One can only hope.’
For more information see:
- Huffington Post: Moldova Overturns ‘Gay Propaganda’ Ban In Anticipated EU Membership Move
- Moldovan LGBTI rights organisation GENDERDOC-M Information Centre: website / facebook