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29.10.2021 – 18:02

nd.DerTag / nd.DieWoche

Berlin (ots)

The rhetoric is martial: lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals (LGBT) would begin their “march to power” like the NSDAP once did in Germany, said Krzysztof Kacprzak on Thursday evening in the Warsaw parliament. Kacprzak presented a law project for the “Stiftung Leben und Familie” (Foundation for Life and Family) that would ban demonstrations for marriage for all or for the right of same-sex couples to adopt children.

It remains to be seen whether the parliament – and the Senate – dominated by the conservative ruling party PiS, will approve the bizarre initiative. The motivation of several MPs for supporting the project could not only be the rejection of people beyond the hetero norm, but also the desire to demonstrate a kind of attitude towards the EU. Because Poland had already punished them with the suspension of the payment of subsidies because of the designation of “LGBT-free zones” by almost 100 municipalities and regions. Some might want to send the signal in the direction of Brussels: We won’t let ourselves be spit in the soup here. Fatally, this would happen once again on the back of a discriminated minority.

However, in a constitutional state that Poland wants to be, such a prohibition law is difficult to justify. This is probably why the initiators are moving advertising for other ways of life into the vicinity of terrorist propaganda. Because public gatherings can only be prohibited if they endanger the existence of the state and the life and limb of citizens.

On the other hand, the “old” EU states would be well advised to act a little less as guardians of the Grail of human rights towards Poland. It is well known that the Federal Republic of Germany decriminalized homosexual acts very late: it was not until 1973 that they were no longer punished between adults, while in Poland they have been legal since 1932.

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