Chișinău, May 31, 2022
LGBT marches and events are an abuse not only of local religions, but all of Moldovan society, the head of the Moldovan Orthodox Church writes in a new address on the upcoming Moldova Pride festival.
The Church has continually called on Moldovan authorities to ban such authorities in recent years, writes His Eminence Metropolitan Vladimir of the Moldovan Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate).
The Church has even has staged its own processions in defense of traditional Christian family values.
While Chișinău authorities are allowing the event, to be held June 13-19, the People’s Assembly of the Moldovan autonomous territorial unity of Gaugazia, dominated by the Turkic-speaking Gagauz people, recently unanimously voted to completely ban LGBT marches and all such propaganda.
According to Met. Vladimir, Moldovan law would allow authorities to ban such events as “directly attacking public morality and flagrantly violating the ‘freedom of other persons.’” Further, the constitution explicitly states that, “the family shall be based on freely consenting marriage between men and women, on their equal rights and on the right and duty of parents to ensure the upbringing, education, and training of children.”
“This parade of minorities abusively and publicly defies the values of the majority of our society,” Met. Vladimir states.
Additionally, the organizers of the parade and “their mentors from abroad” should well that such events always lead to violent altercations.
His Eminence concludes:
We urge the municipal authorities use all means to stop the promotion of the manifestation of non-traditional behaviors and thus of the sins that cry out to Heaven, which are increasingly flooding our country.
On behalf of the Moldovan Orthodox Church and the citizens of this country, we ask that this destructive scourge, which morally defiles our Orthodox society, which upholds the family values, be stopped.