Romania is currently polarized by us – political leaders. We’ve reached a level of hate speech that is hard to endure, with the only goal to split our citizens in: pro, against or boycott.
It’s sad that we are so divided, especially now, when we should celebrate 100 years from the Great Romanian Union. Instead of being closer together, more appreciative of each other, we are more determined than ever to point a finger at the people next to us, to violate their private life and tell them how to think. These people are „as equal as we are” and no later than yesterday we appreciated and associated them with good family and community values, but suddenly we look at them as they are our biggest enemies to be destroyed. We scream at the top of our lungs that we possess the truth in everything, but who gave us the right to decide someone else’s choice in love or faith? How can we invade someone else’s life and personal faith and think that we are better, when we do to others what wouldn’t want others to do to us?
Did we forget what is really happening in Romania, just outside this building that we brag about all around the world? We act like we don’t see the tough reality: alarming rates of domestic violence, extreme poverty, school dropout, thousands of abandoned children living in pain and sadness and thousands of children with both parents working abroad. These are the real issues of a family and this should concern us all, not the sexual orientation of other people. Did we forget that the only things to build a relationship on are love and respect?
We have no right to vote on human fundamental rights. We have to simply respect them. I remind you that our current legislation is already discriminating by limiting civil right and binding them to the institution of marriage. The 2011 Census recorded more than 800,000 Romanians that live in consensual unions and are unmarried. 37% of the Romanian children are born in such unions. Do you really think we should close our eyes to this? Do you think that by being cowards we will sleep better at night like nothing happened? Are we forgetting that we should support relationships based on respect, not on someone’s gender or orientation? Moreover, are we forgetting that we have the legal responsibility to do that?
Romania’s citizens will choose to vote or to boycott this referendum. I ask you all, as the representatives of all citizens to decency in political discourse, tolerance on both sides and mutual respect. Regardless the results of this referendum it’s our duty to initiate anti-discrimination policies that are not going to divide us. I hope that we will find together the necessary wisdom and solutions to ensure that love will win over hate.
Political declaration dated 3rd October, 2018