Kim Davis, Once Jailed in America, Campaigns Against Gay Marriage in Romania

In both Kentucky and Romania, Ms. Davis described same-sex marriage as an attack on religious freedom.

But Vlad Viski, the president of MozaiQ, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender group in Romania, denounced the visit.

“It is extremely worrying that a person who broke the law in the United States is being brought to Romania and presented as some sort of hero of Christianity,” he said on Wednesday.

Romania’s Marriage Debate

During Ms. Davis’s visit, she attended events in six cities, met with civic and political leaders and gave interviews with journalists. She told the online news platform Stiripesurse that her opposition to same-sex marriage was based on a desire to protect “the natural family” — and not on homophobia.

“I want to give Romanians hope that they can stand strong and they can stand for something without being against a group of people or whatever,” she said. “You can be for something and not be against something else.”

Ms. Davis has lent her support to a cause that has been making strides in Romania, a mostly Orthodox Christian country that decriminalized homosexuality in 2001. The Romanian Constitution describes marriage in gender-neutral language, “two spouses.” Although civil law defines marriage as a union of a man and a woman, conservative groups want to pass a constitutional prohibition against legal recognition of same-sex marriages.

In 2016, three million people — out of a population of 20 million — signed a petition that called for the constitutional definition of marriage to be restricted to unions between “a man and a woman.”

Romania’s Constitutional Court accepted the validity of the proposal in…

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