The virulently anti-gay World Congress of Families, an international coalition of hate groups that includes NOM and C-FAM, whose head Austin Ruse has endorsed the gay death penalty, has suspended their plans to hold this year’s convention in Moscow. They love love love Russia’s crackdown on LGBT people, but this Crimea thing has them worried. Via press release:
Planning on World Congress of Families VIII – the Moscow Congress (scheduled for September 10-12, 2014) — has been suspended for the time being. The situation in the Ukraine and Crimea (and the resulting U.S. and European sanctions) has raised questions about the travel, logistics, and other matters necessary to plan WCF VIII. The foregoing is not meant to reflect negatively on the Russian people, churches or individuals who have taken a leadership role in the fight to preserve life, marriage, and the natural family at home and as part of the international pro-family movement. We are proud of the accomplishments of our Russian Partners, and applaud the moves of the Russian people, through their elected representatives, to protect life, the family and the innocence of children. At a time when Western governments are moving backward to a pagan worldview, Russia has taken a leadership role to advance the natural family. The World Congress of Families takes no position on foreign affairs, except as they affect the natural family.