Andrzej Duda labels gay rights 'a foreign ideology'
POLAND, ranked last month by ILGA-Europe, a Brussels-based NGO, as ‘the worst country in the European Union for LGBT people’, will become even more hostile to homosexuality if its current President Duda, above, wins re-election.
According to Reuters, Duda vowed yesterday (Wednesday) to ban teaching of LGBT issues in Poland’s schools in an apparent pitch to his conservative base during an increasingly tight race for the June 28 presidential election.
Duda is an ally of the ruling right-wing nationalist Law and Justice Party (PiS), which brands lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) “ideology” as an invasive foreign influence undermining traditional values in the staunchly Catholic nation.
His main opponent is liberal Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski of the main centre-right opposition Civic Platform (PO) party. Trzaskowski has drawn criticism from religious conservatives for introducing education about LGBT matters in Warsaw schools.
Duda told a gathering of supporters:
Parents are responsible for the sexual education of their children. It is not possible for any institutions to interfere in the way parents raise their children.
Signing a “Family Card” of proposals including pledges to preserve special benefit schemes for families and pensioners, he also said he would not allow gay couples to marry or adopt children.
It’s a foreign ideology. There is no consent for this phenomenon to happen in our country in any way.
Trzaskowski has said he is in favour of civil partnerships for gays but, according to PO, he would not approve adoptions.
Robert Biedron, above, the Left party’s presidential candidate and Poland’s most high-profile gay politician, was quoted as saying by state news agency PAP:
This (‘Family Card’) is a radical document which divides Polish society, introducing standards reminiscent of the most brutal times of Polish and European history.
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