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Moldova overturns anti-gay ‘propaganda’ law with hopes of joining EU

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  1. Amazing how religious and moral concerns can simply vapourize when the money and benefits of EU membership are at stake. Disgusting homophobic hypocricy. If I was in charge of admitting them, I’d tell ‘em to get stuffed.

    1. de Villiers 14 Oct 2013, 7:38pm

      Really? For the sake of your pious pompousness, you would take a step that would PREVENT anti-gay laws being repealed?

  2. That There Other David 14 Oct 2013, 3:56pm

    Yet exactly what guarantees are there that they won’t immediately re-enact the law once EU membership is assured? Lithuania has shown that Brussels isn’t that bothered by anti-LGBT legislation hitting the statute books. The Molovans are fully aware of this and are possibly laughing behind their hands right now at the naivety of the Euro politicians.

    1. I agree there should be a period of reflection and pause, since this country, Moldova, has shown a backsliding tendency to respecting the Human Rights of its citizens, and if given access to more free movement and concessions of trade to the EU member states before the working implementation and practice of equality laws has been shown to be real, is at best foolhardy and a longer period of equalisation needs to be imposed for the wellbeing of the citizens of current member states. It is time that Sweden, Denmark, Spain and Ireland prevent further expansion of the EU by veto until all current members fully implement free-movent and equality directives and comply with EHCR judgements. I deliberately omitted the UK, with our present government it is a lost cause, as they are in favour of admitting Turkey whilst winging about unskilled labour, and uncontrolled migration, totally schizoid policy.

  3. This is a precise example why a ‘Human Rights (Sporting Events ) Act / Directive at national or EU level will work so well. Once a block such as the EU or US adopts laws which protect Human Rights in sport, those sporting bodies must conform to the law or loose. Compliance will be fast and swift once a Law is in place. What the IOC and FIFA have failed to do, even including implementing their own charters, national governments must now do for them.

  4. Bill Cameron 14 Oct 2013, 4:31pm

    So they pay lip-service to EU scruples about anti-gay legislation to get their feet in the door, then renege once they are over the threshold – other new members of the EU have done this before they joined and the EU does NOTHING ABOUT IT. I cite in evidence Lithuania and Poland. It’s a sham.

  5. Great, that means homophobes have free access to Europe. Great gay rights countries like Spain, Sweden, the UK, Czech Republic etc shouldn’t have to deal with these scum in their countries.

  6. Georg Friedrich 14 Oct 2013, 4:51pm

    Moldova has abolished this piece of law, because it will join partnership with the EU during upcoming summit in November in Vilnius, Lithuania. The biggest irony by all of this: exactly Lithuania have very similar law already since 2010, and in Latvia an anti-gay group is preparing to collect signatures for an national referendum to ban “gay propaganda” in Russian style and block in such way Euro Pride 2015 who is planning to hold in Riga. Despite reactions from Brussels.

  7. It may be a cynical move on the part of Moldova, but it shows that the EU does have a powerful influence over its would-be member states. Even if Moldova tries to go back on its rescission of this law, it will come under heavy pressure not to do so. Similarly, the Russian Federation decriminalized homosexuality in 1993 as part of its (successful) efforts to join the Council of Europe and, despite the recent “anti-propaganda” laws, it has not (so far) attempted to recriminalize homosexuality. So Europe is able to exercise some restraint over homophobic polities within its orbit.

  8. I wrote to the EU about Lithuania. This was their reply:

    “Thank you for your message.The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union does not apply to every situation of an alleged violation of fundamental rights. According to its Article 51(1), the Charter applies to Member States only when they are implementing European Union law. Moreover, Article 6(1) of the Treaty of the European Union states that, “[t]he provisions of the Charter shall not extend in any way the competences of the Union as defined in the Treaties.” For more information concerning the Charter and the circumstances in which it applies, you may consult the fundamental rights section of the website of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Justice:
    http://ec.europa.eu/justice/fundamental-rights/index_en.htm

    Contd:

  9. For information on how to obtain a remedy in your Member State, you can consult the fundamental rights section of the European e-Justice Portal:
    https://e-justice.europa.eu/content_fundamental_rights-176-en.do

    In addition, anyone who considers that her or his rights or freedoms guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights have been violated may lodge a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights (Council of Europe, 67075 Strasbourg Cedex, France ). Please note, however, that this Court may only deal with a complaint after all domestic remedies have been exhausted.

    Please be reassured that the Commission will keep on fighting discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation with all the powers conferred to it by the Treaties.

    We hope you find this information useful. Please contact us again if you have other questions.

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  10. “Today they are allowing this propaganda and tomorrow they will allow gay marriages,” one protester, Orthodox priest Ghenadie Valuta said.

    How is that a bad thing exactly?

    1. That There Other David 15 Oct 2013, 5:23pm

      Because the sky will not fall, and therefore they’ll have to take a long hard look at themselves.

      Which scares the bejeezus out of most of them I bet.

  11. This is so disgusting, they only doing it because they want to join the EU. And we all know across Europe that this is not going to happen

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