In a Nov. 10 interview with a Polish newspaper, the president of Poland announced he would support a ban of ‘homosexual propaganda’ in schools and scouting organizations, Queer.pl reported.
“I think that this kind of propaganda should not take place in schools, it has to be calmly and consistently opposed,” President Andrzej Duda said. “If such a law was created and would be well written, I do not exclude that I would approach it seriously.”
Duda’s comments came in response to two recent demonstrations for LGBT support in Poland.
According to Gay Times, on Oct. 26, an informal event – ‘Rainbow Friday’ – involved a number of students sporting rainbow patterns to school for Poland’s LGBT community.
Students participated despite the event being banned by government officials; including the Minister for National Education, who urged parents to report the event, and warned that any enabling school principals would “face consequences”.
Compounding the debate was a dispute with the Polish Scouting Association. Gay Star News reported that back in May, the Association stated its support for the LGBT community.
“Dignity and human value are not dependent on his sexual orientation, as scouts we have a duty to respect persons who are homosexual or bisexual. And such people are also involved in the scout movement,’ the statement said. ‘We should oppose hatred and contempt for them, because our task is to see our neighbor in everybody.”
Duda, a former scout, later stated the Association's support went against his Catholic values.
Pink News reported a 2014 poll found 70 percent of Poles felt that same-sex sexual activity was “morally unacceptable.” Additionally, Poland is ranked 38th among 49 European countries when it comes to LGBT rights, according to rights group ILGA-Europe’s annual Rainbow Europe index.
The Independent reported that in August the ‘anti-gay propaganda’ law in Russia, active since 2013, has led to the first attempted conviction of a minor.