Poland: New poll contradicts former President’s claims that 95% of people agree that gay MPs should ‘sit behind a wall’

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A new report has been published contradicting claims by the former Polish president that 95% of Polish people supported his view that gay MPs should sit “behind a wall” in parliament.

He went on to say that gay people “must know they are a minority and adapt themselves to smaller things”, during an interview with the TVN television station.

The new poll carried out by the Homo Homini research institute found that only 31% of Polish people agreed with Lech Walesa’s remarks, as opposed to the 95%, which he claimed.

The survey found that 59% of Poles did not agree with Walesa’s statement, with 10% saying they did not know.

Walesa, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, continually refused to apologise for his remarks, defending his viewpoint by saying that 95% of Polish people agreed with him

All Out have begun a petition to get Mr Walesa to apologise for the remarks, which at the time of writing has received 8,800 signatures surpassing its original a goal of 5,000.

Walesa has since written a letter in the new edition of Wprost weekly, in which he says he is on“friendly terms” with several gay people, and that he “doesn’t look into people’s beds as I’m not bothered [by such matters].

“I do not deny anyone the right to sit in parliament,” he claimed, “but we should discuss the criteria of being a member of parliament, which must be based on real skills and knowledge, not on skin colour or any personal preferences and tastes.”

Last Wednesday, Polands first openly gay and trans lawmakers took front bench seats of the Polish parliament to protest against remarks made by a former president.

In the Polish parliament, there is one openly gay MP, Robert Biedron, and one trans MP, Anna Grodzka, both of Palikot’s Liberal Movement,