Next month Romania is to hold a ‘family values’ referendum – and right-wing religious groups are increasingly using scare tactic to encourage people to vote for a measure that would prevent same sex marriage from ever taking place in the country.
Most egregious example is the front page of a newspaper – România Libera – which featured a drag queen in a Nazi uniform.
The image, placed next to a headline reading “New LGBTQ order” also features a rainbow flag on the subject’s red armband instead of a swastika.
According to PinkNews, the article argues that Christians are suffering religious discrimination at the hands of pro-LGBT+ campaigners.
The vote has been condemned by human rights groups as a “homophobic” move which Amnesty International said would represent “a clear backward step” for the country.
Ionut, a 40-year-old activist who did not want his real name used, slammed the front page, telling PinkNews that it was “shameful and cowardly.”
They are using imagery like that to manipulate the masses here, in Romania, and they are actively trying to change the legislation. Currently, the legislation states that marriage can only happen between spouses. It doesn’t specify the gender.
When they [“family values” groups] found that out, they panicked and now they’re trying to change the legislation so it forces marriage to be only between a man and a woman. Shameful.
The new LGBTQ order. Equality, but not for Christians.
Its authors claim that the widespread religious persecution which Christians are allegedly experiencing in the US and UK is part of:
The crisis of the illiberal progressive democracy. No, that’s not an exaggeration.
Included in the writers’ list of examples of anti-Christian discrimination is Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who shot to prominence when she refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Last year, Davis travelled to Romania with the Liberty Counsel – a right-wing Christian law group and listed anti-LGBT hate group – to drum up support for banning marriage equality in the upcoming referendum.
She gave speeches all over the country and held meetings with high-ranking officials in the Orthodox Church, which is calling for a same-sex marriage ban.