In 2002 the walls of intolerance was toppled, and discrimination laws against gays were abolished and anti-discrimination statues were passed. Prior to 2002, gays within Romania were denied the basic human rights that were given to other citizens of Romania. Homophobia is still a major issue within Romania, but efforts are been made to accept homosexuality.
Homosexual relationships within Romania were illegal until Article 200 of the penal code was passed. The government fought diligently to have Article 200 abolished. Strong opposition came from the government, the mayor, law enforcement and even the church. Under the pressure of international scrutiny, the president of Romania relented, and the article was amended. International organizations like the European Council on Human Rights and Amnesty International encouraged Romania to adopt a more tolerant and liberal viewpoint toward gays within Romania.
A major concern for the global groups was the violence and persistent discriminative attitude that the police forces have shown towards the gay population. When talking of the support for gay rights, this had much more to do with the various global groups rather than a beneficial commitment that aims to completely eliminate any sign of discrimination against gay individuals, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders. Nevertheless, Despite the strong opposition, the initial Gay Pride Event in Romania was held in the year 2005.
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