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Moldova's President Opposes LGBT March, Organizes "Traditional Family" Festival

"They cannot be, and will be accepted neither by me personally nor by society as a whole."

Igor Dodon, the President of Moldova, has publicly opposed his country's LGBT solidarity march scheduled to take place on May 21 in the capital city of Chișinău.

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JANUARY 17: (RUSSIA OUT) Moldovan President Igor Dodon speeches during his joint press conference with Vladimir Putin (not pictured) at the Kremlin on January 17, 2017 in Moscow, Russia. Newly elected President of Moldova Igor Dodon visits Russia for the first time. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)

“I am expressing my categorical position against holding an LGBT march. I informed the extraordinary and plenipotentiary U.S. ambassador to Moldova James Pettit that it is not only my personal position, but the position of the vast majority of Moldovan citizens," Dodon wrote on his Facebook page.

"I very clearly stressed that such actions contradict our traditional values, Orthodox faith, and morals. They cannot be, and will be accepted neither by me personally nor by society as a whole."

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JANUARY 17: (RUSSIA OUT) Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Moldovan President Igor Dodon (L) during their meeting at the Kremlin on January 17, 2017 in Moscow, Russia. Newly elected President of Moldova Igor Dodon visits Russia for the first time. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)

His statement follows the announcement of the fifth annual solidarity march "No Fear" in support of the LGBT community, organized by Information Center GENDERDOC-M. The march will close out the 16th Moldova Pride Festival on May 21.

Instead of supporting the solidarity march, Dodon has helped organize the Festival of the Family, "a number of activities to support and promote traditional family values" that will occur on the same day as the march in the Great National Assembly Square in Chișinău.

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CHISINAU, MOLDOVA, REPUBLIC OF: A protester with his mouth covered with rainbow-colored sticker protests in the front of the City Hall of Chisinau, 27 April 2007. Over 50 activists from Moldova and around Europe participates at the protest as local authorities didn't approve the Gay Pride festival "Rainbow over Nistru" in Chisinau. AFP PHOTO VADIM DENISOV (Photo credit should read VADIM DENISOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Moldova Pride 2017 runs from May 16-21 and has the goal of "increasing the respect and acceptance of LGBT persons in Moldova." Dolon will not be attending the Pride festival, but U.S. Ambassador John Pettit and representatives from the Swedish and Dutch embassies were present at the opening ceremonies.

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CHISINAU, MOLDOVA, REPUBLIC OF: Maria Carlshamre (R), member of the European Parliament, addresses the crowd next to people having their mouths covered with a rainbow-colored sticker during an action in the front of the City Hall of Chisinau, 27 April 2007. Over 50 activists from Moldova and around Europe participated in the protest as local authorities didn't approve the Gay Pride festival "Rainbow over Nistru" in Chisinau. AFP PHOTO VADIM DENISOV (Photo credit should read VADIM DENISOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Homosexuality has been legal in Moldova since 1995, but Pride celebrations have been outlawed since 2007.

Last year's LGBT march was interrupted by counter demonstrators—including Orthodox clergymen—shouting slurs and throwing eggs. The participants only managed to march five blocks before police shut down the event for fear of clashing with the protestors.

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