Polish catholic church opposes draft legislation
February 25, 2004
WARSAW — Catholic bishops in Poland on Tuesday made clear their
opposition to controversial draft legislation aimed at giving civil
status to gay partnerships in what remains Europe's most devoutly
A statement released by the Episcopate argued the Polish
constitution defines marriage exclusively as a relationship between
a man and a woman.
"In accordance with this, the main organs of state authority are
obliged to oppose various initiatives which could threaten these
values fundamental to life," it said.
Bishops warned of "irreparable social harm, especially in the
area of child-rearing, marriage and family".
The disputed draft proposes that gay couples be able to register
their unions and enjoy civil rights similar, but not identical, to
Tabled by some 36 Polish senators, it falls short of giving gay
couples the right to adopt children. – Sapa-dpa
Ruling party wants to legalise gay unions [22/10/2003]