No tolerance for homosexuals in Moldova
Over 90 thousand homosexuals live in Moldova, according to Publika TV. The information comes from Gender Doc-M Center from Chisinau, adding that the NGO has no data regarding the number of gay couples from Moldova.
Several attempts to organize a gay parade failed years in a row. In 2011 the Government initiated a non-discrimination bill to protect all the people from Moldova, regardless of their race, nationality, ethnicity or sexual orientation, remark which isn’t stated exactly in the Constitution. The initiative unpleased most of the population, especially the Orthodox Church of Moldova. Massive protests against this law were organized during last year. As a result of the pressure put against the authorities, the Government had to cancel such a regulation.
Adopting the law was one of the requirements of the European Union for Moldova in the project of liberalization of visa regime within the Schengen zone.
At the moment, in Moldova does not appear a law to protect the sexual minorities. According to the Constitution, “all the citizens of the Republic of Moldova are equal in front of the law and the public authorities, without making a difference based on race, nationality, ethnic origin, language, religion, sex, opinion, political affiliation, wealth or social origin.”
Moldova doesn’t quite tolerate the gay people. According to a survey organized in November 2010, 85% of the respondents said they wouldn’t like the homosexuals to live in Moldova, while 98% said they don’t want a family member to be gay. 96% of the people answered they don’t want to have a gay friend. The survey was applied to 1113 persons of 99 towns of Moldova.