Polish president Andrzej Duda considering ‘gay propaganda’ ban

Polish President Duda would consider ban on gay propaganda

The president of Poland, Andrzej Duda, has said that he he would “seriously” consider a law banning “homosexual propaganda” in schools and scouting organisations.

Duda made the remarks in an interview in the Polish language newspaper, Nasz Dziennik.

“I think that this kind of propaganda should not take place in schools, it has to be calmly and consistently opposed,” he said.

Polish president Andrzej Duda would consider a gay propaganda ban

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“If such a law was created and would be well written, I do not exclude that I would approach it seriously.”

If such a law were put forward for consideration, it would likely be similar to the one that is currently in place in Russia, which bans “gay propaganda.”

The Russian law’s stated purpose is to protect children from being exposed to “homonormativity” as it contradicts “traditional family values.”

Rainbow Friday

The conversation about a “gay propaganda” law in Poland has been reignited after a number of schools were set to host an event called “Rainbow Friday” last month.

Rainbow Friday was set up to promote LGBT+ acceptance in schools, however most schools cancelled their plans after Poland’s government warned them that they were not permitted to proceed.

At the time, the education minister, Anna Zalewska, warned that school principals who allowed Rainbow Friday to go ahead would “face consequences.”

Polish president Andrzej Duda would consider a gay propaganda ban


The debate was also exacerbated after the Polish Scouting Association released a statement saying they supported the LGBT+ community.

Poland is a Catholic country and many people continue to have strongly anti-LGBT+ attitudes. A 2014 poll found that 70 percent of Poles felt that same-sex sexual activity was “morally unacceptable.”

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