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Romanians Still Protest Law Reform

PlanetOut, July 28, 2000

Protests continue against the Romanian Parliament’s latest efforts at law reform designed to meet the human rights standards of the Council of Europe. The Associated Press reports that the Baptist Church in Arad has begun collecting signatures to convince the Senate to retain harsher sentences for "homosexuals found guilty of rape, pedophile or indecent exposure." Some 80% of Romanians belong to the Orthodox Church, and the Orthodox Church in Arad is joining the petition campaign. Romanian citizens can propose legislation with 250,000 signatures from residents of 11 of the nation’s 42 constituencies. Recently, a large protest march was held in the same area by members of several different Christian denominations.

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