ADDED ON: 09/21/2018

Anti-gay Summit Finds Mixed Reception in Moldova

09/21/2018 | Eurasianet

Anti-gay advocates and their conservative supporters from dozens of countries gathered last weekend in Moldova’s capital for the annual World Congress of Families, celebrating what they call the “natural family.” Attendees at the Palace of the Republic in central Chisinau on September 14 and 15 included government officials from Russia, Christian scholars from the United States, and a smattering of illiberal figures from Europe to Africa to Latin America. The tiny former Soviet country of Moldova may at first seem an odd choice for the 12th WCF. But the location is in keeping with the WCF’s recent shift eastward. Chisinau is the third former-communist capital in three years to host the event, after Tbilisi and Budapest. Brian Brown, who serves as the president of the WCF and its parent organization, an Illinois-based nonprofit called the International Organization for the Family, acknowledged the swing, stating during his opening speech that “we’ve moved to the East because we’ve been welcomed with open arms.”

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