by Sabine Hannakampf
The Polish Sejm has to deal with a homophobic bill that is tantamount to a defacto-ban on the queer movement.
On November 9, a citizens’ initiative led by pro-life activist Kaja Godek submitted a bill called “Stop LGBT” to the Sejm – a motion to ban any gatherings that “question marriage as a union of a man and a woman” or “promote same-sex relationships”.
“We want a ban on Pride meetings because they violate the constitutional order”,
said Krzysztof Kasprzak of the initiative Życie i Rodzina (“Life and Family”), in an interview.
He said that he himself had seen how Pride events had tried to undermine the constitutional order defined in Article 18, which refers to marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Specifically, the draft provides for a ban on all gatherings or demonstrations aimed at any of the following:
- Questioning marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman,
- Promoting the extension of marriage to persons of the same sex,
- Promoting same-sex relationships or relationships of more than two people,
- Promoting the privileged treatment of same-sex partnerships or partnerships involving more than two people,
- Promotion of legal solutions to privilege same-sex marriages,
- Promoting the possibility of adoption of children by persons of the same sex,
- Promotion of sexual orientations other than heterosexuality,
- Promotion of gender as a unit independent of biological conditions,
- Promotion of sexual activity of children and young people before the age of 18.
The term “promotion” in the draft law includes
“any form of publication, dissemination, agitation, lobbying, assertions, expectations, requests, proposals, recommendations or advertising.”
It would thus extend to the entire field of public life. This would be tantamount to banning the queer movement, Anna Błaszczak-Banasiak from the office of the Ombudsman Adam Bodnar told OKO.press, and would be a gross violation of the Polish constitution.
Catholic Church involved
In order for the Sejm to deal with such an application, at least 100,000 signatures are required. The “Stop LGBT” initiative has submitted over 200,000 signatures – collected with the support of the Roman Catholic Church, which has always been actively involved in Kaja Godek’s projects. Parishes all over Poland called for the petition to be signed or immediately took care of collecting signatures themselves after church services.
They are all marked on a map – the “Atlas of Hatred”, which opponents of the “Stop LGBT” campaign have created – which shows that there are over 300 communities. Municipalities that received EU subsidies between 2014 and 2020 are marked in blue.
But by no means the entire clergy supports the homophobic campaign. The chairman of the Polish Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, opposed the homophobic initiative. In a circular letter to the parishes of the Archdiocese of Poznan, published on the DEON website, he explained
“With regard to the action of collecting signatures within the framework of the social law ‘Stop LGBT’ promoted by Kaja Godek, we would like to inform you that Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki did not agree to the promotion and implementation on church territory of the archdiocese Poznań.”.
The Polish parliament has now three months time, in order to submit the draft for consultation.
Kaja Godek also mother of the abortion ban
Kaja Godek has already been successful: she was the author of a motion to tighten the abortion law in Poland, which wanted to allow abortions only if the life or health of the woman was endangered or after a rape or incest.
On October 22, 2020, a ruling by the Constitutional Court confirmed Kaja Godek’s concerns. Since then, Poland has had a de facto ban on abortion.
- jakub: By facebook.com/pg/jakubidawid
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