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AFP
July 5, 2020

Polish president speaks out against same-sex couple adoptions

World

AFP
July 5, 2020

WARSAW: Poland´s President Andrzej Duda, who is running for re-election in the conservative, Catholic EU member, on Saturday said he wanted the constitution to explicitly forbid the adoption of children by same-sex couples. He said he planned to propose a constitutional amendment on Monday.

The announcement marked the head of state´s latest reference to gay rights in the electoral campaign, after he stoked controversy by likening “LGBT ideology” to communism before the first round of the vote last month. “In Poland´s constitution, it should be explicitly stated that anyone in a same-sex relationship is forbidden from adopting a child,” Duda said at a campaign event in the southern town of Szczawno-Zdroj. “To ensure the safety of the child and a proper upbringing, for the Polish state to safeguard the rights of children... I believe such an entry should exist,” he added. Duda, who is from the governing nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party, said he would sign a presidential draft amendment to the constitution on the matter on Monday and submit it to parliament.

The incumbent and his rival in the runoff next weekend, centrist Warsaw mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, are currently polling neck to neck, with opinion surveys divided as to who has the edge. On Saturday, Trzaskowski told reporters that he is also “against same-sex couples adopting children”.