Poland’s president wants to ban adoptions by same-sex couples
Share article:
Share article:

Poland’s president wants to ban adoptions by same-sex couples

Andrzej Duda. Credit: Belga

Incumbent Polish President Andrzej Duda, who is up for reelection, said on Saturday that he aims to add a ban on adoptions by same-sex couples to the Constitution.

“It should be explicitly stated in the Polish Constitution that any person in a homosexual relationship shall be banned from adoption,” Duda said at an election meeting in the southern city of Szczawno-Zdroj.

“To guarantee the safety and a correct education for children, and for the Polish state to safeguard their rights, I think there should be such a provision,” he added.

Duda, a member of the ruling Law and Justice Party (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość – PiS, conservative and nationalist), announced that he would sign a draft presidential amendment to the Constitution on Monday and present it in parliament.

The president finished in first place at the first round of the presidential election on Sunday last, and will come up against the liberal candidate, Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, at the second round on 12 July.

During his campaign, Duda continually stirred up controversy by doubling down on PiS attacks against LGBTQ+ people and Western values. He compared the “LGBT ideology” to a new form of communism.

On the other hand, Trzaskowski defends gay rights and said he is open to the idea of same-sex partnerships, even if he told journalists on Saturday that he was “against adoptions by same-sex couples.”

“I think that’s the position of most of the political parties,” he said. “On this particular topic, I am in agreement with the president.”

Only 9% of Poles are in favour of adoption rights for same-sex couples, according to a 2019 poll by the CBOS Institute.

The Brussels Times

Latest news

Over 50,000 march against fascism in Rome
Tens of thousands of people demonstrated against fascism in Rome on Saturday, one week after violent protests against the Covid certificate. Over ...
Will Brussels bounce back?
The lockdowns have tested the city and forced it to confront key questions about its future. Derek Blyth looks back at an extraordinary moment in our ...
Vaccinations: Belgium’s Health Minister currently not in favour of a general booster shot
The latest figures on new coronavirus cases are worrying, but rather than imposing new safety measures, what is needed is full compliance with ...
Thousands protest against the Covid health pass in France
Demonstrations against the health pass and other measures aimed at preventing the spread of the Coronavirus mobilised tens of thousands of protesters ...
Record-breaking 770-metre highline installed in Freÿr, Belgium
A 770-metre long highline was installed at an altitude of 70 metres at the Freÿr Rocks on Saturday, setting a new Belgian record, according to ...
Huge cannabis farm discovered inside closed down Chinese restaurant near Charleroi
A cannabis plantation with several hundred mature plants was dismantled on Friday evening in a former Chinese restaurant on Chaussée de Bruxelles ...
Citizen founded wind turbine project launched in Liège region
A citizen founded wind turbine project was inaugurated in the Liège Region on Saturday by Walloon Energy Minister Philippe Henry (Ecolo) together ...
Five questions to philosopher Philippe Van Parijs on Leopold II and embarrassment in Brussels’ public space
The worldwide explosion of the Black Lives Matter movement in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, combined with the 60th anniversary of the ...
Belgium to invest in sustainable heating in 2022
The federal government will set aside about one million euros in its 2022 budget for a social tariff for sustainable heating, Federal Energy Minister ...
Unfinished draft of new Astérix story discovered
The discovery of the unfinished draft of a cartoon album on the most famous of all Gauls, sketched by cartoonist René Goscinny, was announced by his ...
Anti-vaxxers demonstrate against Covid Safe Ticket in Brussels
Hundreds of supporters of the anti-vaxx movement gathered on Saturday outside the headquarters of the Pfizer pharmaceutical company to protest ...
Belgium’s investment funds total 260 billion euros in assets
Belgium’s funds industry grew by 5.3% (13 billion euros) in the second quarter of this year, bringing investment funds available to the public to ...