Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
ADF International and the Institute Ordo Juris sent to the Romanian Parliament a memorandum calling for the rejection of the bill aimed at institutionalization of same-sex marriage
PCH24 (Translated via Google): Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and the Institute Ordo Juris sent to the Romanian Parliament a memorandum calling for the rejection of the bill aimed at institutionalization of same-sex through the back door. The Chamber of Deputies will vote on a proposal, which in April had already dismissed the Senate.
AP: A sweeping child pornography investigation has led to the rescue of 386 children around the world and the arrest of 348 people, Canadian police said Thursday.
Religion Clause Blog: The London Daily Mail reported last Saturday that Romania’s High Court of Cassation has affirmed a lower court’s decision rejecting a bizarre “religious malpractice” suit brought by lawyer Madalin Ciculescu against Orthodox bishop Constantin Argatu and four priests.
LifeSiteNews: Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that Romania has one of the highest abortion rates in Europe with 480 abortions for every 1,000 live births—a figure that is double the official EU abortion average. In 1990, Romania’s ration of abortions to live births was a horrific three to one. Today, Romania’s abortion rate is second only to Russia’s in Europe.
AP: Police questioned 30 people on Tuesday and searched the homes of six employees of a private fertility clinic who are suspected of illegally trafficking human eggs and selling them to Israeli couples with fertility problems.
AP: The U.S. and the European Union have voiced doubts about Bucharest’s commitment to democracy, after a court failed to rule on whether a referendum to suspend President Traian Basescu was valid.
NY Times: The country’s Constitutional Court said Thursday that it could not certify the results of last Sunday’s referendum to remove the president, which initially failed for lack of sufficient turnout, even though the overwhelming majority of ballots were cast in favor.
AP: European Union officials questioned Tuesday the speed with which Romania’s supreme court has upheld the parliament’s suspension of President Traian Basescu . . .
AP: Romania’s Constitutional Court said Tuesday that a majority of the electorate must turn out to vote in order for a referendum on ousting the president to be valid . . .
LifeSiteNews (includes video): Over 20 cities in Romania celebrated a March for Life on Saturday, March 24, an event organizers say is spreading a pro-life message across the country.
News from The Associated Press: Demonstrations against Romania’s harsh austerity measures took place across the country again on Wednesday, with protesters demanding the government’s resignation.
LifeSiteNews: The Croatian Times reports that nearly three-quarters of Romanian hospitals will not abort unborn children around both Christmas and Easter, according to a study by the Euroregional Center for Public Initiatives (ECPI). The ECPI is funded in part by the Open Societies Institute, an initiative of billionaire globalist and population control advocate George Soros.
Associated Press: “Authorities say two Romanian men have been arrested for allegedly taking pornographic photos of children and putting them online.”
LifeSiteNews: “The Alliance of Romania’s Families, a group headed by prominent Christian leaders and intellectuals of Romania’s Christian community, have launched a manifesto of Christian conscience. The effort is patterned on similar actions taken by U.S., UK, and Australian Christians which have resulted in the Manhattan Declaration, Westminster Declaration, and the Canberra Declaration.” Related: Benjamin Bull: The Manhattan Declaration . . . Romanian style
ADF Executive Vice-President and Executive Director of ADF-Global Benjamin W. Bull writing at The Christian Post / Advancing Religious Liberty: “The Alliance of Romania’s Families has launched the Timisoara Declaration. (Scroll down their page to see the English version.) Inspired by similar actions taken by U.S., U.K., and Australian Christians which have resulted in the Manhattan Declaration, Westminster Declaration, and the Canberra Declaration, ARF has drafted a similar declaration of its own. The declaration was drafted by prominent Christian leaders and intellectuals of Romania’s Christian community.”
LifeSiteNews: “When a European Christian pro-family group applied to join the Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP) of the EU’s Human Rights Agency, they did not expect to be denounced as promoters of ‘hate.’ The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) objected to a statement by the Alliance of Romania’s Families (ARF) calling same-sex ‘marriage’ an example of ‘human degeneration,’ and denied their request for membership.” | European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights
Associated Press: “A European ruling banning crucifixes in Italian schools should be overturned, nine European governments said in an appeal Wednesday. … The decisions of the court — an arm of the Council of Europe, the continent’s premier human rights watchdog — are binding on the council’s 47 member states and therefore have an impact far beyond Italy.”
LifeSiteNews: “A Canadian national pro-family group is taking their government to task after Canada’s ambassador to Romania, Philippe Beaulne, officially backed the country’s week-long ‘gay pride’ event in the capital last month.”
LifeSiteNews: “Ten foreign diplomats, including ambassadors from the UK and U.S., signed a statement expressing ‘support’ and ‘solidarity’ with the Romanian homosexualist movement last month. The statement, which has been published on the website of the British Embassy in Bucharest, was issued May 20 to coincide with ‘Gayfest,’ the week-long annual festival organized by the national homosexualist lobby group.”
European Center for Law and Justice: “For the first time in the record of the ECHR, ten member States are simultaneously intervening as ‘third party’ in one single case. The case at stake is the Lautsi case – also known as the ‘crucifix case’ – which will go before the Grand Chamber of the ECHR on June 30th. The Court has communicated to the ECLJ the list of the following Member States: Armenia; Bulgaria; Cyprus; Greece; Lithuania; Malta; Monaco; San-Marino; Romania; The Russian Federation.”
BBC: “The Baltic republic of Estonia, a country of 1.3 million people, is on course to adopt the euro in January 2011, the European Commission says . . . The Commission’s assessment covered: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Sweden. Every two years the Commission judges whether their economic conditions meet the strict Maastricht criteria.”
Cosmin Dariescu, Jurisdiction Over Marriage in the Romanian Principalities: From the Ecclesiastical Court to the Secular Tribunal (May 10, 2008). TURNING POINTS AND BREAKLINES: YEARBOOK OF YOUNG LEGAL HISTORY 4, Szabolcs Hornyak, Botond Juhasz, Krisztina Korsosne Delacasse, Zsuzsanna Peres,eds., pp.180-192, Martin Meidenbauer, Munchen, 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1557555
“The clerical tribunals lost their jurisdiction over matrimonial litigations only through the Law for the judicial organization of April 11, 1864. The clerical tribunals were not enumerated in Article 3 among the courts that served justice in Romania ( the new name taken in 1862 by the United Principalities). Thus, the Orthodox Church lost completely its civil and criminal jurisdiction over Romanian citizens. The Orthodox Church kept only the disciplinary jurisdiction over clergy.”
Catholic News Agency: “Romanian authorities have detained two Israelis and a Romanian who are suspected of trafficking in human eggs for foreign couples who patronized their Bucharest-based fertility clinic.”
OneNewsNow: “‘It’s defined throughout the code — spouse as between a man and a woman,’ [Kiska] explains. ‘It forbids these backdoor, so-called same-sex “marriages” where Romanian citizens or foreigners come into the country and ask that their marriage be recognized by the country. It also does the same with civil unions.’”
LifeSite reports: “The leading pro-family organisation in Romania has warned that the European Union is setting a ‘dangerous precedent’ with efforts to include ‘sexual orientation’ into a new equality directive.”
Rabbinical Chancery in Romania – An Alternative to the State Organized Courts in Solving Family Litigations?
International Society of Family Law: “My paper discusses the legal status in Romania of decisions and writs (especially the kind of writs named get) delivered or drawn up by the Rabbinical Chancery in solving the family litigations of the members of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Romania-The Mosaic Cult.”
Family Research Council press release: “The Family Research Council represented by the Alliance Defense Fund released a brief filed with the Romanian Parliament against proposed changes to the criminal code that would legalize prostitution and incest. FRC is represented by the Alliance Defense Fund, a legal alliance of Christian attorneys and organizations.”
AP: “In Romania, decriminalizing incest among consenting adults is being considered as part of a wide range of reforms to the country’s criminal code. No date has been set yet for a parliament vote on the bill, and opposition to the proposal is fervent even among some lawmakers in the ruling coalition.”
LifeNews.com reports: “he government of Romania has proposed a new law allowing teenagers to get late-term abortions. The proposal comes after an incident that made international headlines where an 11-year-old girl who was a victim of rape couldn’t get an …
The Alliance Defense Fund has been actively involved in several recent international legal situations to protect families worldwide and protect America from the effects of poor international legal decisions.
China Daily reports: “Romania’s health minister said Wednesday a government committee will decide this week whether an 11-year-old who was raped by her uncle can go to Britain for an abortion or must continue the pregnancy.”
The Christian Post reports: In an act of international solidarity to defend the institution of marriage, over 100 pro-family leaders from around the world signed a petition this week to defend efforts in Romania to outlaw same-sex “marriage.” “We applaud …
World Congress of Families International Secretary Allan C. Carlson praised the Romanian Senate for recently passing an amendment to the nation’s Family Code defining marriage as the “union freely consented to between a man and a woman.”
John Connolly reports that in Life Site News (2.8.2008): "Pro-life citizens in Romania are calling for letters from the international community to encourage the Romanian legislature to adopt the definition of marriage as a union between one man and one …