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Church Pressures Moldova's Government To Repeal Antidiscrimination Laws

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.rferl.org/content/moldova-gay-church-rights-discrimination-laws/25024061.html Church Pressures Moldova s Government To Repeal Antidiscrimination
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 21, 2013

      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      laws in Ukraine and Moldova, are illegal and should be repealed.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
      Orthodox Church.
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