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Poland’s ruling party plans legislation to legalize same-sex civil unions

Monday, September 3, 2012

WARSAW, Poland — Poland’s ruling center-right party, Platforma Obywatelska (PO), has announced that it plans to introduce legislation to legalize civil unions for same-sex couples.

While the measure falls far short of marriage equality, it faces stiff opposition from social conservatives, reported Pink News UK.

Opponents, including justice minister Jaroslaw Gowin and members of the reactionary Law & Justice Party claim civil partnerships will undermine the institution of marriage.

MP and PO member Aurtur Dunin told Polish Radio that equal marriage was not on the table and plans to equalise tax laws for gay couples had been ruled out too.

Mr Dunin said the proposed bill was “very conservative” and is not aimed at legalizing same-sex marriage. The bill also fails to introduce adoption rights for same-sex couples.

The bill is expected to be supported by the Alliance of the Democratic Left (SLD), whose previous bill was rejected by the PO and right wing parties. The Polish People’s Party (PSL) is not expected to oppose the bill.

The PO is the country’s largest party and its intention to put the draft bill to the vote surprised many political commentators as the party opposed last year in a parliamentary vote a similar draft bill introduced by left wing parties, reported Gay Star News.

Poland is a predominantly Catholic country, whose constitution currently defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The church remains fiercely opposed to any recognition of same-sex couples.

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12 more reader comments:

  1. Is it sad….that other countries are opening their eyes….when America who wants to be the leader of the world….is still sitting in the biblical times?

    Posted on Monday, September 3, 2012 at 6:53pm
  2. Fantastic news

    Posted on Monday, September 3, 2012 at 6:59pm
  3. thinks Polish guys are so cute.

    Posted on Monday, September 3, 2012 at 7:00pm
  4. Wesley yes they are alot of the Eastern Europeans are. :) :)

    Posted on Monday, September 3, 2012 at 7:18pm
  5. Wesley key word, BelAmi :)

    Posted on Monday, September 3, 2012 at 7:18pm
  6. Even the guys we joke about being DUMB are ahead of us in the decency dept.

    Posted on Monday, September 3, 2012 at 7:32pm
  7. Even more proud to be Polish!!!

    Posted on Monday, September 3, 2012 at 8:02pm
  8. Way to go, Poland!

    Posted on Monday, September 3, 2012 at 8:22pm
  9. Wow! The Church hierarchy in Poland is going to go bonkers about this, though! There will be a lot of fireworks and a few explosions before this gets passed!

    Posted on Monday, September 3, 2012 at 9:04pm
  10. Well, Catholicism’s current feelings on the issue aside, Poland has historically been impressively liberal in attitudes.

    Posted on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 12:50am
  11. This is just to turn attention away from the Amber Gold fiasco. Gay rights issues make the best distraction.

    Posted on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 4:25am
  12. Gay rights make the best distraction because it is so important.

    Posted on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 8:50am