Polish Ex-President Lech Walesa Won’t Apologize for Anti-Gay Comments

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Lech Walesa (Photo: MEDEF)

Despite causing an uproar following comments suggesting that gay Polish legislators don’t have any say in the country’s politics, former Poland president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Walesa said he has nothing to apologize for.

“I will not apologize to anyone,” Walesa said in an interview on March 4 as quoted by CNN. “All I said (was) that minorities, which I respect, should not have the right to impose their views on the majority. I think most of Poland is behind me.”

On March 1, Walesa had told a television reporter that gays have no political leverage and should perhaps sit in the back of Parliament or even “behind a wall.” He added that because gays have little significance as a minority, they should “adjust to smaller things.”

According to CNN, some are calling on Walesa to return his Nobel prize. The Committee for the Defense Against Sects and Violence also filed a formal complaint with prosecutors in Gdansk --Walesa’s hometown--accusing him of promoting a “propaganda of hate against a sexual minority.”

The former president is also a devout Catholic.