Moldova Orthodox Church Bans Govt. Leaders from Communion Over Gay Rights, Wants Laws Repealed


Moldova's Orthodox Church (a subordinate of the Russian Orthodox Church) is taking a hard line against LGBT rights and has banned government officials from taking Holy Communion because of their stance on anti-discrimination laws, Radio Free Europe reports:

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."