This week read about a Polish region refusing to take down its anti-LGBT resolution, and a court ruling's protecting LGBT rights in Africa.
Polish Region Refuses to Remove Anti-LGBT Resolution
A regional parliament in Poland refused to remove an anti-LGBT resolution, despite the prospect of losing up to €2.5 billion in EU money.
According to Politico, the resolution condemning "public actions aimed at spreading the ideology of LGBT organizations" was passed by the Małopolska area in southern Poland two years ago. It was one of the slews of similar resolutions approved by local governments in response to prominent officials from the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party's efforts to combat what they dubbed "LGBT ideology."
“Some barbarians want to strip us of the funds that are crucial for our families to live well,” said Jan Duda, the head of the assembly and the father of Polish President Andrzej Duda.
Court Rules That Prohibiting Hate Speech Protects LGBT Rights
The Constitutional Court of South Africa. Photo via the Constitutional Court of South Africa's website.
In a legal saga that began with the death of Jon Qwelane in 2008, the Constitutional Court of South Africa held that it would not be possible to protect the rights of LGBT people without prohibiting hate speech based on sexual orientation.
According to Mail & Guardian, Qwelane wanted to instigate hatred towards LGBT people among his audience.
The case had made its way from the equality court to the constitutional court and saw the bench weigh the tension between the right to freedom of expression vs. the right to be protected from hate speech.
“Less restrictive means of achieving this purpose have not been suggested, and are in fact inconceivable,” it said in the ruling penned by Justice Steven Majiedt.