By Terry Vanderheyden

WARSAW, December 23, 2005 ( – Poland has confirmed its new president – pro-life and “strongly Catholic” Lech Kaczynski was sworn in today.

As the mayor of Warsaw, Kaczynski banned “gay pride” parades two years in a row. Kaczynski, whose identical twin brother Jaroslaw heads the minority ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, earned 54.5 percent of the vote to defeat fellow presidential contender Donald Tusk in October.

The European Union may try to deny Poland its EU voting status because Kaczynski opposes the celebration of homosexuality. The EU is calling Kaczynski’s actions as the mayor of Warsaw, where he banned a “gay pride” parade two years in a row, a potential contravention of article 6 of the Treaty of Nice. The Treaty states that countries must protect the rights of minorities. Under Article 7 of the Treaty, a country that violates human rights – as defined by the EU – can be deprived of voting rights.

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