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Poland’s President Andrzej Duda Proposes Constitutional Ban On Same-Sex Adoption

Poland’s President Andrzej Duda, who is running for re-election next week, said he wanted to submit legislation for a constitutional amendment banning the adoption of children by same-sex couples, calling such adoptions as “experimentation” on, and “enslavement” of, children.

“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.

“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.

Centrist Warsaw mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, Duda’s rival in the run-off next weekend, are polling neck to neck. Although Trzaskowski is generally seen as favourable to gay rights, last week he told reporters that he is also “against same-sex couples adopting children.”

“I believe that is the stance of most of the political parties.... On this particular matter I agree with the president,” Trzaskowski stated.

In the past he has stated that he is open to the idea of civil partnerships between same-sex couples and he signed an ‘LGBT+ Declaration” promising to protect gay people when he was elected mayor of Warsaw.

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