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Poland lawmakers reject efforts to grant legal rights to same-sex couples

Saturday, January 26, 2013

WARSAW, Poland — Poland’s lawmakers have rejected three separate draft laws that were intended to give legal rights to unmarried and same-sex couples.

Before the vote Friday Prime Minister Donald Tusk appealed to the lawmakers to turn the drafts into law and make the lives of “many Poles, also homosexual, more dignified.”

The draft laws were intended to guarantee inheritance, access to information about the partner’s health, and alimony.

The lower house, or Sejm, voted against all the drafts, one of which came from Tusk’s ruling center-liberal Civic Platform party. Its failure came as a surprise, as it was believed acceptable to mostly Catholic Poles.

The other drafts came from the Democratic Left Alliance and from the pro-gay-rights Palikot’s Movement.

Proponents can bring further drafts to Parliament.

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15 more reader comments:

  1. That is not right i feel that everyone should have the same right as everyone else

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 5:04pm
  2. Boo! >.>

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 5:04pm
  3. :/

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 5:06pm
  4. Poland has a looong way to go.

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 5:11pm
  5. I think everyone should be allowed to be happy with the one they love regardless of their sex

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 5:11pm
  6. -_-” that’s just sad..

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 5:12pm
  7. wow im never going there

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 5:24pm
  8. surprised it was even mentioned really

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 6:01pm
  9. Homofobia em Foco no Programa Partilhando Caminhos! Com Miguel Gomes Filho
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LC-jOWkFOQA

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 6:12pm
  10. Boooooooo to Poland!!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 6:24pm
  11. C’mon, Poland! You can do better than this! Of all nations, Poland should understand better than most the need for freedom and liberty! It’s time for Poland to be a good example to the world, not a bad one!

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 12:57am
  12. Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 9:03am
  13. So they hate progession and like living in the 19th century….fuck poland

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 11:47am
  14. Shocking! Who gives them the right?! The bloody cheek.

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 1:16pm
  15. I’m embarrassed to be polish now….

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 3:57pm