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Moldova Quietly Repeals “Homosexual Propaganda” Law

Jim Burroway

October 14th, 2013

On May 23, Moldova’s parliament approved a so-called “homosexual propaganda” law modeled after the one that became law in Russia in June. In contrast to Russia, Moldova lawmakers passed theirs much more quietly. President  Nicolae Timofti signed it on July 5. Local activists didn’t learn of it until the law was officially published on July 12, the day it went into effect. The law however jeopardized Moldova’s bid to earn Association status with the European Union, so lawmakers quietly rescinded it last Friday:

The decision on October 11 was made by lawmakers while dozens of Orthodox priests and Communist lawmakers were blocking the entrance to the Palace of the Republic in Chisinau, trying to thwart the parliament session. The lawmakers entered the building through the back door.

The Orthodox faithful were protesting the parliament’s discussion of a European Union-backed law on nondiscrimination that would guarantee the rights of Moldova’s gay citizens.

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Neil
October 14th, 2013 | LINK

A text book example of how these contemporary anti-gay laws are made for the purpose of political convenience. There’s nothing essential or socially improving about them.

When such a law becomes inconvenient, it’s repealed almost as easily as it was enacted. The difficulty they face is the one they created themselves when, by passing an anti-gay measure, they empowered their local instance of ‘moral majority’ in the first place.

TampaZeke
October 14th, 2013 | LINK

It will be interesting to see if they flip flop once they get EU membership the way Latvia did.

Sandhorse
October 15th, 2013 | LINK

“The lawmakers entered the building through the back door.”

OK, I’m sorry, but that was just funny.

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