Human Rights Defender Condemns Moldova Visit by U.S. Anti-Gay Activist

A February visit to Moldova by Scott Lively, a known U.S. anti-gay activist linked to Uganda’s “kill the gays” bill and co-author of the widely discredited book The Pink Swastika in which gay men are labeled the “true reason” for Nazi atrocities, has been condemned by Iulia Marcinschi, a leader of Moldova’s Antidiscrimination Coalition.

During the visit, Lively is reported to have warned that nondiscrimination legislation that is currently being considered by Moldovan parliament would lead to the “homosexualization” of the nation and would necessitate gay marriage and same-sex couples adopting children.

From Radio Liberty

Lively, who made trips to Uganda in 2009 when it was drafting some of the toughest antigay legislation in the world, was invited to Moldova by two local Orthodox Christian organizations, Pro Familia and Moldova Crestina.

Those groups oppose government efforts to pass an antidiscrimination bill required by the European Union as part of an association agreement Chisinau hopes to sign with Brussels.

The antidiscrimination bill contains a “sexual orientation” clause, which has angered conservative groups in Moldova.


This week, leading members of parliament from various parties said they will not consider discussing the bill until the “sexual orientation” reference is removed.

The bill was also condemned by Moldova’s Orthodox Church, which has called on parliament to reject it.

Vitalie Marian, vice president of Pro Familia, told RFE/RL today that he completely agreed with Lively’s views and that he is pleased with the results of his visit and would invite him again “anytime.”

However, while Moldovan authorities have not directly commented on the trip it is noted in the above article that Lively had sort permission to speak to school children during his visit, a request that education authorities denied.

Just after his trip to Moldova, Lively wrote (h/t to Truth Wins Out):

I wish I had known at the beginning of my ministry in the early 1990s what I know now. We might have stopped the homosexual agenda in America. What I know now, and have taught the Moldovans, is that the anti-discrimination law is the seed that contains the entire tree of the homosexual agenda, with all of its poisonous fruit. It is the cornerstone of their legal and political strategy, putting the power of the governernment behind the legal premise that the practice of homosexuality deserves public approval and that opposition to homosexuality, including that which is rooted in the Biblical world view, must be discouraged. From that premise the conclusion is logically inevitable.


From the time I stepped off the plane my hosts and I began focusing all of our attention on defeating this bill, and I was able to help them lay out a strategy to maximize my presence in the country. I won’t go into specific detail, but I can tell you that we had tremendous success. As of today, none of the 11 committees of the parliament (each of which must endorse the bill for it to come to a full vote) is willing to endorse at this time, and the vote has now been postponed indefinitely. It hasn’t been killed, but it has been stopped, and the pro-family movement is organizing a monitoring group to give advance warning to the people if there is any forward movement of the bill.

Mr. Lively also alleges that the bill was “secretly approved” and fast-tracked by ministers because of a planned visit by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and therein that it was to be a “gift” to the Obama administration.

He provides no evidence for these or any of his claims and his readiness to influence willing ears and educate them in his version of history, which casts gay people as violent forces of conquest bent on destroying the so-called traditional family, continues to be of concern to LGBT rights advocates given what has happened in Uganda where certain U.S. evangelicals are known to have added impetus to the further criminalization and stigmatization of gay and lesbian people.

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michael c.
corbin m6 years ago

See. Worldwide, no matter the language, no matter the culture-whenever a nation goes downhill, crazy, fascist-whenever basic common sense rights are taken away from a select group of people-whenever there is persecution or atrocities or the elimination of compassion, commonsense and the pursuit of liberty and happiness-there are the conservatives, right in the center of it all. You'd think that would clue people in.

Trish K.
Trish K6 years ago

So gay people are born with agendas . . . umm . . . wonder where they hide them ?

Krasimira B.
Krasimira B6 years ago

Moldova is not Uganda! Agree with Annmari: "Moldova will never enter EU as members if they avoid including gays into their anti-discrimination laws."

Marta B.
Marta B6 years ago


Regina P.
Regina P6 years ago

thanks for the info

patti ng
patti ng6 years ago

fear is a strong emotion and sometimes outsmarts the heart.

Ron Avila
Ron A6 years ago

it's encouraging that most all the comments support equal rights and respect for gay people. there is too much ignorance, fear and hate in the world already.

Robert O.
Robert O6 years ago

Just what the world needs: another intolerant, hateful, ignorant, homophobic, bigot. :(

Allan Yorkowitz
.6 years ago

And another idiot opens his mouth.....

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin6 years ago

I really shouldn't give that hate mongerer Lively any more publicity, but I can't help asking just a couple more things.

"Pro family". It suggest some sort of friendlyness towards committed people. Just taste the words for a bit: Pro Family. It sounds good, doesn't it? I mean, anyone that promotes love between consenting adults and marrigae and commitment should be praised for that. Right?
Then why in h**l do those Pro Family-members want to exclude so very many loving, caring and committing consenting adults from having the right to get married and form a family???
All you Pro Family, DOMA-lovers, AFA or whatever you call yourself, go and look up equality, love, and commitment in a dictionary, because you don't know s**t about anything!