WARSAW, October 4, 2005 ( – A candidate for prime minister of Poland said Monday that homosexuality is “unnatural,” in comments made in an interview.

Law and Justice party candidate Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz, in an interview appearing in the Polish edition of Newsweek magazine, responded to a question asking whether homosexuality should be denounced. “It’s unnatural,” he said. “The family is natural, and the state must stand guard over the family.”

The conservative Law and Justice party nominated the relatively unknown Marcinkiewicz after winning the country’s elections last month. They will form a coalition government with the liberal Citizens’ Platform party. During the campaign, Law and Justice leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski proposed banning homosexuals from acting as teachers to schoolchildren.

Kaczynski is the identical twin of Warsaw mayor Lech Kaczynski, who in June banned a planned gay pride parade in his city for the second consecutive year.

“I don’t care if someone is a homosexual or not, and even if I found out something like that I wouldn’t judge a person differently than on their actions alone,” Marcinkiewicz clarified. “But if that person tries to infect others with their homosexuality, then the state must intervene in this violation of freedom.”

Meanwhile, Poland’s Catholic Conference welcomed the Law and Justice victory, ousting the ex-communists who had ruled for the past four years. “This new political alignment is a sign of hope,” said Bishop Piotr Libera, secretary-general of the Warsaw-based Bishops Conference, according to a Total Catholic report.

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