Moldova, as part of its bid to join the European Union, has agreed to repeal its ban on homosexual propaganda.
The ban was broader than Russia’s propaganda law in that it proactively nixed any attempt to legalize same-sex marriage or adoption in the country.
Now, as part of its remit for joining the European Union, Moldova has agreed to repeal the ban and the country’s lawmakers in a narrow vote on Friday, October 11, overturned the law. This is being read as a direct show of compliance to EU nondiscrimination provisions that will help the country in receiving an EU Association Agreement at the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, Lithuania this November.
The vote was achieved despite heavy resistance from the country’s Orthodox Church and the opposition Communist Party.
So strong was the opposition, in fact, that Orthodox priests and Communist lawmakers reportedly blocked the entrance to the lawmaking chamber in an attempt to prevent the vote. Regardless, the Moldova vote did go ahead and the law has been stricken from the books.
Russia and Lithuania already have propaganda bans, and in Lithuania’s case, gender reassignment bans, and they’re already part of the European Union. That’s true, and there’s no way of getting around the fact that not being able to threaten expulsion from the European Union is a serious political flaw if we want to maximize the Union’s incentives.