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Polish president rules out gay marriage

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Roberto Galea 25.01.2017 15:59
The Polish president has said that the country’s constitution defines marriage as between a man and a woman, adding that the governing majority will unlikely change the law.
Prezydent Andrzej DudaPrezydent Andrzej DudaFoto: Prezydent.pl/Eliza Radzikowska-Białobrzewska/Polskie Radio

President Andrzej Duda has said that the issue of marriage is “clearly and expressly regulated in the Constitution”.

Speaking to the TV Republika broadcaster, Duda was asked whether it is likely that “international organisations, various lobby groups, but also some European countries” could force Poland to accept gay marriage.

“I do not think that the political majority today would agree to any amendment to the Constitution in this area, water down this clause and open interpretation that marriage could also include other genders,” Duda said.

“I unequivocally repeat: marriage in accordance with the Polish Constitution is a union between a man and a woman,” Duda added.

Poland’s constitution is one of seven in the EU to ban gay marriage, and the country is one of six in the 28-member bloc not to allow same-sex civil unions.

The ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party in Poland came to power in late 2015 on a ticket of promoting traditional Polish values, family and Catholic traditions.

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