Poland Follows Lithuania in Considering Law to Protect Youth from Promotion of Homosexuality

Fri Jun 19, 2009 - 12:15 pm EST

By Peter J. Smith

WARSAW, June 19, 2009 ( – Poland may soon consider passing a new law, similar to the one passed this week in neighboring Lithuania, that bans the media and schools from promoting adverse behaviors to the development of young people, including violence, suicide, and homosexuality.

MP Artur Górski, deputy head of the parliamentary commission on Polish-Lithuanian cooperation, has stated he intends to copy the Lithuanian law and introduce it before the nation’s parliament for passage.

"I have already asked for the translation of the Lithuanian law 'on the protection of youth' into Polish,” said Górski, a member of the major opposition party, Law and Justice. “This is a very interesting initiative and no doubt a very necessary one, especially now, when we face a more and more obvious expansion of gay activist circles."

Górski spoke with the Catholic daily “Nasz Dziennik,” saying he believed the initiative could be ready by the fall. He stated that 50 parliamentarians would be needed to sponsor the measure to bring it to a vote, but added that he believed the proposed initiative would gain more than enough support for its passage, and possibly the support of all the MPs in the Law and Justice Party.

"If you look at the Polish parliament and see the ruling Civic Platform and major opposition Law and Justice, both claiming to be right wing, then there should be no trouble in passing such a law," Gorski said.

If passed, the Polish equivalent of Lithuania’s law“on the protection of youth,” would ban any public promotion of homosexual, bisexual or polygamous relations among Polish youth. The law also targets public messages directed toward youth that promote violence, horror, suicide, and self-abuse.

The measure would also provide a strong legal barrier to homosexual “Pride” parades that promote the social acceptance, display, and celebration of aberrant sexual behaviors in civil society.

"I think this law is needed also in Poland,” said MP Leszek Deptu3a of the minor coalition Polish Peasants' Party. “We should protect kids and youth from homosexuality and from promoting this idea. That's why my opinion on this issue is very clear: if such a project appears, I will sure support it." 

"I am not against people of other sexual orientation, but I think there is no need to manifest and propagate such behaviors," added MP Stanislaw Rakoczy.

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