Church Pressures Moldova's Government To Repeal Antidiscrimination Laws
By RFE/RL's Moldovan Service
June 21, 2013
CHISINAU -- Moldova’s Orthodox Church says it has banned government
officials from taking Holy Communion because of their stance on gay rights.
In a statement issued after Orthodox leaders met in Chisinau, the church
said on June 21 that it would call for nationwide protests unless the
government amended a law protecting homosexuals, bisexuals, and
transgender people from discrimination.
The church also wants new laws against what it calls "immoral
propaganda" and a ban on "homosexual, lesbian, transsexual, bisexual,
pedophilic, zoophilic, incestuous, and perverse behavior."
Earlier this week, the Council of Europe's Venice Commission ruled that
a Russian law against "homosexual propaganda," as well as similar local
laws in Ukraine and Moldova, are illegal and should be repealed.
Moldova’s Orthodox Church is formally subordinated to the Russian