| 30 May 2024, Thursday |

Poland should copy Hungarian LGBT law, says Polish Minister

The Polish education minister stated in comments released on Monday that Poland should adopt a Hungarian law that prohibits schools from distributing materials that promote homosexuality, as the nationalist government tackles “LGBT ideology.”

Viktor Orban, Hungary’s prime minister, has angered other European Union leaders with the law, with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte asking Orban to respect LGBT rights or quit the EU.

Polish Education Minister Przemyslaw Czarnek lauded the measures in an interview with the conservative weekly Sieci published on Monday.

He was cited as saying, “This rule specifies that school lessons on sexuality must not promote gender transformation or homosexuality.”

“We should copy these restrictions in their entirety on Polish land!”

Czarnek faced severe criticism from the opposition last week for comments regarding an LGBT Equality Parade in Warsaw, in which he questioned if the participants’ behavior was acceptable. His views on LGBT rights and Polish-Jewish history have caused some to question his appointment in 2020.

“These individuals take to the streets and disrespect Catholics in a nasty manner… Is it meant to be OK to act obscenely?” On Monday, he was quoted as saying.

The nationalist government of Poland has also proposed legislation prohibiting same-sex couples from adopting children as single parents.

“While respecting the rights of people of different sexual orientations… one should always remember the most important value, which in any society should be the best interests of the child,” the Polish justice ministry told Reuters via email on Monday.

  • Reuters