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Polish president strikes down idea of marriage equality

Polish president strikes down idea of marriage equality

Andrzej Duda said the Constitution 'clearly and precisely' defined marriage

Poland’s President Andrzej Duda has struck down the idea the country will ever legalize marriage equality.

Duda was asked by broadcaster Republika whether ‘international organisations, various lobby groups, but also some European countries’ could force Poland into marriage equality.

He said the question was ‘clearly and precisely governed’ in the Constitution, according to Radio Poland.

‘I do not think that the political majority today would agree to any amendment to the Constitution in this area, water down this clause and open interpretation that marriage could also include other genders,’ he said.

‘I unequivocally repeat: marriage in accordance with the Polish Constitution is a union between a man and a woman.’

Poland is one of seven EU states to explicitly ban same-sex marriage in its constitution.

It is also one of six countries to have neither marriage equality nor offer same-sex couples civil partnerships.

The other five are Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, and Slovakia.

He also said the government majority would be unlikely to change the law.

Until 2015, Duda was a member of the conservative Law and Justice party, who are currently the governing party in Poland.

Their views on social issues, including LGBTI matters, are deeply traditionalist.

Promoting themselves as a pro-family party, they are ‘critical’ of homosexuality, sex and violence in the media.

Chairperson Jarosław Kaczyński said in 2015: ‘Homosexuals should not be isolated, however they should not be school teachers for example. Active homosexuals surely not, in any case.’