Poland – Presented by a foundation named Życie i Rodzina (Life and Family), the “Stop LGBT” citizens’ bill, which has been signed by 140,000 voters, will be examined by MPs in a first reading on 28 and 29 October.
LGBT demands incompatible with the Polish Constitution
According to its promoters, “in the public space, the clearly-organized activities of communities bringing together homosexual activists (the so-called LGBT groups) are apparent.
They challenge the model of the family as a union of a woman and a man, and they demand the same rights for homosexual unions as for marriage. They are also working to change the law in the area of adoption of children by same-sex couples.
These demands are incompatible with Art. 18 of the Constitution of the Republic of Poland, and their implementation would be in total contradiction to the ethical standards generally accepted in Poland and professed by the majority of citizens (…)
LGBT movements use regular public demonstrations to put pressure on society and lawmakers. They want to see legal changes made to meet their demands.
The so-called equality marches are organised to ask for the introduction of same-sex marriage, the possibility for gay couples to adopt children, the legalisation of abortion, and simpler procedures for so-called sex-changes. In these marches, Christian symbols and values are mocked and Polish national symbols are used instrumentally. Participants in the gatherings often behave in a manner that violates public morality.
The “Stop LGBT” bill is therefore “a way to oppose the activities of the LGBT lobby, to stop the expansion of homo-propaganda in the public space, and to strengthen the protection of children and the family” in order to say no to LGBT ideology, “no to homosexual propaganda, no to the insults, and no to gay marriage and adoption.”
“A discriminatory bill”
Some NGOs and the liberal media are seeing red. On 14 October, the daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza published on its website an open letter addressed to MPs, calling on them to reject this “fascist law” which would be “a tragedy for many innocent people and a disgrace for our country”.
“This is a discriminatory bill that hits at LGBT+ people and their families, and goes against the most important Christian values and tradition: love of neighbour and equality of all before God.
This project was signed by 140,000 Poles due to the anti-LGBT+ ideology that has been inculcated in society, the lack of knowledge on the subject, and the resulting fears: homophobia and transphobia (…)
That is why we would ask that none of you make any decisions regarding this project until you have acquired reliable knowledge and understanding of what is really meant by non-heteronormativity, that is to say what sexual and gender minorities are, and whether they can really be dangerous in any way.
(…) Homosexuality, bisexuality, and transgenderism are not a choice, an ideology, a fad, or a whim; people are born as they are and have no influence on it – neither they, nor their parents, nor any ideology, propaganda, or education. (…) Banning transgender people from transitioning is inhumane, because the inability to do so leads directly to severe depression and suicide – it is not a whim, it is not a minor or secondary issue…”