Households headed by same-sex couples are not eligible for the same rights and benefits as households headed by opposite-sex couples. Nevertheless, Moldova bans discrimination based on sexual orientation in the workplace, and same-sex sexual activity has been legal since Since the fall of the Soviet UnionMoldova has come increasingly under the influence of the Orthodox Christian Church.
As result, it has been Homosexualitatea by human rights violations, including violations of freedom of association and freedom of speech.
"Homosexualitatea" then, however, pride parades have encountered stiff opposition from authorities and religious leaders, and have often been cancelled or banned Homosexualitatea to safety concerns.
Moldovan society remains very homophobic, and discrimination and violence against "Homosexualitatea" of the LGBT community are commonplace. This is an improvement from six years prior, when Moldova ranked last.
Sincehomosexuality between consenting adults in private has been legal in Moldova.
In Septembernew laws were introduced equalising the age Homosexualitatea consent. Moldova does not recognise same-sex marriage or civil unions. The Moldovan Constitution explicitly defines marriage as being between a man and a woman. Homosexualitatea a long time, a large coalition of human rights Homosexualitatea, including GenderDoc-Mwas lobbying Homosexualitatea Moldovan Government for the implementation of anti-discrimination legislation in line with European standards, which would include sexual orientation as Homosexualitatea protected ground.
A law, which bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in employment, was adopted by the Moldavian Parliament "Homosexualitatea" 25 May and signed into law by President Nicolae Timofti on 28 May Transgender people are allowed to change their legal name and gender on official documents in Moldova, but require Homosexualitatea psychiatric diagnosis confirming their "transgenderism" to do so.
The main gay and lesbian campaigning group is called GenderDoc-M. The group seeks to support and protect gays and lesbians in Moldova, and raises awareness of the lives of LGBT people. Moldova has a rather small but lively open-minded gay scene.
Moldova's first gay pride Homosexualitatea named Moldova Pride was held in April but it was banned inbecause homosexuality was said to "undermine the Christian values of Moldova". Moldovan Homosexualitatea still remains very homophobic.
Homosexualitatea homophobic statements are casually made by politicians, and lesbians and gays are routinely discriminated against. Violence towards gay men is not uncommon. Scott Livelya vociferous opponent of gay rights who has linked homosexuality to having played part in the spawning of the Rwandan Genocide and the Holocaustvisited Homosexualitatea in to oppose an anti-discrimination measure.
Homosexualitatea bill had passed through committee twice before stalling subsequent to opposition from Homosexualitatea Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldovawhich cited Lively's visit as a reason for its opposition.
On 11 Maythe police and authorities stood by as the Moldova Pride parade was prevented by crowds who surrounded, intimidated and even attacked parade participants. The banning of the pride parade and the crackdown of freedom of assembly drew criticism and concern internationally, including by the British Foreign Secretary.